“Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.” – Ecclesiastes 5:19
Everything we have was given us by God
Whether we have little or much, what we are blessed with is ultimately from the Lord… be it talents, time, health, wealth, friends, work, or love… we have the Lord to thank. He gives freely, not based on what we deserve, but solely on His goodness.
He blesses us with life and health. Let us be thankful while we have them and use them for good.
He blesses us with loved ones. Let us think of them often, pray for their needs, and be there for them whenever we can.
He blesses us with intelligence. Let us educate ourselves constructively, labor well, and give much.
He blesses us with vision and fortitude. Let us plot our course and stay on track… and though we wander from time to time, let us always return to pursue our best goals.
He blesses us with forgiveness. Let us humble ourselves before Him, reveal our faults, and follow after future truths.
He blesses us with salvation. Let us accept His gift and pursue holiness and right doing.
He blesses us with His Word. Let us read and appreciate it anew daily for spiritual guidance and sustenance.
Believe me… I know how hard it can be to keep these things in perspective, but we must; because these are the things that truly matter! Never forget that, “As he came forth of his mother’s womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.” Ecclesiastes 5:15
Possessions are not all we have
Abundance can easily cloud our ability to focus on the truly important things in life… like those mentioned above. There are a lot of people promoting minimalism these days, and I’m all for it. Simplifying our lives is one great way to clear our hearts and minds of the unnecessary, so we can begin filling them again with the necessary.
Stop and smell the roses
I love those times when I can shut up long enough to realize and appreciate just how much God has given me. This is one of those times. Wherever you are today… take a moment to count your blessings, take your portion, and rejoice therein – it is the gift of God.
I’m happy to share this awesome meditation with you, and hope it blesses you as much as it did me.