21 March 2014
Each Light-filled Hour
Oh, how sweet the light of day,
And how wonderful to live in the sunshine!
Even if you live a long time, don't take
a single day for granted.
Take delight in each light-filled hour,
Remembering that there will also be many dark days
And that most of what comes your way is smoke.
- Ecclesiastes 11.7-8
I am really diving into the reminders here from Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes, full of wisdom, full of truth. It may seem so silly to people when I delight in the small things, like beginning to write in a new, lovely journal, but truly, it is delightful! It is something sweet to be thankful for and when we train our hearts and minds to be thankful for all the little things, we grow into a lovelier person.
When we focus on all the blessings of our own life, and stop comparing ourselves to others we become truly grateful people. It's because we are satisfied with what God has given us, but when we look at others we never feel satisfied because we will never be that. Never stop being grateful for all the things that are present in your life. Don't take them for granted.
And when the dark days come, which they surely will, we will know that those days are only temporary. Like smoke, they will dissipate.