Return and consider for a change. It is not too late to think. Solomon ended up as the richest and wisest – not just because God gave him wisdom, but because he returned and considered – i.e. he thought.
Thinking is the most important thing humans were created to do. And, the difference between one person and the next is often their thought process that positively changes their lives. Ecclesiastes 4:1-16
The difference between the rich and the poor lies in their thought processes. While the rich think to create work, the poor work to make a living off the thoughts of the rich.
☑️In verse 1, he returned and considered the oppression of the poor. Ecclesiastes 4:1. So I returned and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter.
☑️In verse 4, he considered the sufferings and works of men and their outcomes. Ecclesiastes 4:4. Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.
☑️In verse 7, he returned and observed his environment and meditated on it. Ecclesiastes 4:7. Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun.
👉🏾In this, he discovered and meditated on the danger of being alone. Ecclesiastes 4:8. There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother:
Yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.
👉🏾As well as the benefits of having somebody – a spouse or partner – in your life. Ecclesiastes 4:9. Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
☑️In verse 15, he considered all the living, and had new insights. Ecclesiastes 4:15. I considered all the living which walk under the sun, with the second child that shall stand up in his stead.
What are you doing with your life – thinking or just working?
- Wise men think of things that have great consequences, while poor and little men think of things with little or no consequences.
- People are not poor or low because they had big plans and failed. But because they had small plans and goals and met them.
To change levels in career, finances, relationships and any other department of life, THINK. Take time out to return and consider.
👉🏾Are you doing the best you can do with your life?
👉🏾Why are things the way they are? Can they be better?
👉🏾Is there something you ought to be doing that you are not yet doing?
👉🏾Are there skills that you need that you do not have?
👉🏾Are there goals and visions that you have left unattended that need immediate attention?
👉🏾What else can you do to trigger the change you deserve?
Now is the time to return and consider a change. But, someone may say, but I think. Good. The next question will be what do you think about it?
👉🏾Your problems or the solutions to them?
👉🏾How big are the consequences of your thoughts?
👉🏾How well do you think? Do you think through or just think?
To think productively,
🎯1. Focus. Focus and focus. If your eye is single, your body will be full of light. Focus on one thing at a time. Do not get into something else until you have finished the first. Multitasking is a major time waster.
🎯2. If you must fail, fail fast and start again. Do not be afraid of failure otherwise, you will never learn. It is better to fail while young and restart than to fail in old age. Take that step – you either succeed or not. But, most likely you will.
🎯3. Practice Zero-based thinking. That is, Knowing what I now know, will I do this, will I take this step, will I marry this person, will I employ this person, etc.? If the answer is no, then rectify the error.
- If you have not done it, then do not do it.
- If you have done it, find the easiest way out. If an unproductive staff, sack him/her. The best time to sack such a staff is the first time it occurs to you.
- Cut your losses and run despite the investments in time, emotions, and energy. Always do a KWIKN analysis – if I Know What I Know Now analysis.
🎯4. Take your time. Do you think fast or think slow? Do you have long term or short term perspectives in your thinking? Poor people think of immediate gratification. Rich men have long term views.
🎯5. Do a WPO Analysis – What is the Worst Possible Outcome?
👉🏾If I make this decision, what is the worst possible outcome?
👉🏾If I do this or fail to do it, what is the worst possible outcome?
When you know the WPO, nothing will ever come to you as a surprise. Return, consider and think through. Your future depends on it. You need courage. Prayer. Lord give me the courage to do the needful for the change I desire and deserve.
Be blessed. Stay blessed. 🙏🏼 ©️The Excellent Ministry 2021
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