Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!

1Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, "I have no delight in them";
2before the sun and the light, the moon and the stars are darkened, and clouds return after the rain;
3in the day that the watchmen of the house tremble, and mighty men stoop, the grinding ones stand idle because they are few, and those who look through windows grow dim;
4and the doors on the street are shut as the sound of the grinding mill is low, and one will arise at the sound of the bird, and all the daughters of song will sing softly.
5Furthermore, men are afraid of a high place and of terrors on the road; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags himself along, and the caperberry is ineffective. For man goes to his eternal home while mourners go about in the street.
6Remember Him before the silver cord is broken and the golden bowl is crushed, the pitcher by the well is shattered and the wheel at the cistern is crushed;
7then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.
8"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "all is vanity!"

--Ecclesiastes 12:1-8

All we humans grow. We either grow in the Lord, or outside of Him. I know many people who are not believers, and I see them mature and grow, and some I see go about in circles. For those who go about talking in circles, living in circles, cycling through again and never maturing, but always talking... those I wish could see that it is all vanity. The sum of the matter is to remember your Creator, the One Who gave you breath. Put off vanity and empty things. Put off pursuing joyless vanity. But do EVERYTHING your hands finds to do as though working for the Lord. THIS is purpose. Throwing off selfishness and sin, the evil that is prevalent, and soaking yourself in the Word of the Lord.

I need to stop talking, to stop making excuses, and start putting my mind in charge of my body, not the other way around.


At 6:35 PM, Blogger donsands said...

Over the years, I have had my different seasons with the Lord. Long seasons of good, and bad.
I truly believe the Lord has, by His grace helped me to grow more mature. Though at times it seemed I'd slipped back.

The one thing I've learn is that Scripture is steadfast and true. It teaches that once God has a hold of you, He will never let go.
He loves us that much? And more.

He is faithful, even when His children are not. He is a good Father, and disciplines us. No discipline, then you're not His.

Thanks for shring your heart. Good to read.


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