Life is not as difficult and complex as man has made it. Actually, life as God made it is so simple and straightforward. Ecclesiastes 7:29. Lo, this only has I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions. Ecclesiastes 7:1-29.
- Life is a gift to be lived and enjoyed, but man has made it a war zone and a fight day and night.
- Life is a gift to be celebrated and invested in doing good, but man has altered the course of nature and made it largely a competition.
If you must compete in this beautiful world, compete with who you were yesterday. Are you getting better at maximizing the gift of life or wasting the amazing opportunity that God gave you?
In this journey, we make mistakes. Yes, many mistakes. We make mistakes in our decisions, choices, responses to issues, and even our practices. This is normal.
Ecclesiastes 7:20. For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. We sin consciously or otherwise as we are a work in progress. We fail in several ways.
Therefore, learn to forgive yourself and move on. Focus on becoming a better version of yourself every day. See every new day as an opportunity to
1. Do better in all areas of life.
2. Learn from the feedbacks of past failures.
3. Learn how to do better in every area of life.
4. Become a better version of yourself.
So, forgive yourself and decide not to keep making the same mistakes. In doing this,
1. Build a good name. Ecclesiastes 7:1. A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth. In the end, it is not the name your parents called you that matters, but the name you created for yourself. So, focus daily on becoming a better version of yourself.
2. Learn from those who have gone ahead of you. Ecclesiastes 7:2. It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. And rather than mourning for the dead, meditate on your life.
- What can you learn from the dead?
- How do you want to end your journey on earth?
- What do you want to be remembered for or by?
- What values will you add to the world before you depart?
These questions should be at the top of your mind as you visit the homes of those who mourn.
3. Learn from the rebuke of the wise. Ecclesiastes 7:5. It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools. Open yourself to learn from the counsel of the wise.
4. Learn to focus on long-term goals. Ecclesiastes 7:8. Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. If you do not begin, you will never finish. So, begin, continue and finish well. Strive daily to be a better version of yourself.
5. Learn to manage your emotions. Ecclesiastes 7:9. Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. Do not remain hot-tempered and claim that it is the way you were made. Learn to be proactive rather than reactive. Learn to think, before you talk. Learn daily to be a better person emotionally.
6. Learn to maximize each day. Ecclesiastes 7:10. Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this. Focus on the present and maximize it.
Do not live in regrets of the past – you cannot change them. But you can use today to restore the past. Focus your energy on what you have – today – and make the best use of it.
🎯7. See wisdom and riches as raw materials. Ecclesiastes 7:12 _For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it. Ask yourself,
👉🏾What can I do differently with what I have?
👉🏾What value can I add to the world with what I have?
👉🏾What legacy can I create and leave with what I have?
8. Celebrate successes, and ponder in failure. Ecclesiastes 7:14. In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.
9. Prove all things. Ecclesiastes 7:23. All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise, but it was far from me. Do not take things at their face value. Verify.
10. Keep learning and improving daily. Ecclesiastes 7:25. I applied my heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness: Knowledge decays daily. Learn new things daily.
Forgive yourself and move on. There is more to do than just mourning past failures. Prayer. Lord, help me to move on to better lands. Be blessed. Stay blessed. ©️The Excellent Ministry 2021
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