Ecclesiastes 7-9, Acts 15:1-21
7Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.-ellie
11Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all. 12For man does not know his time. Like fish that are taken in an evil net, and like birds that are caught in a snare, so the children of man are snared at an evil time, when it suddenly falls upon them.
This stood out to me today and answers the question “why do bad things happen to good people?”… time and chance happen to all no matter good or evil. So why not live with joy? Jesus is joy and reminders to stay close to Him to make this short time on this earth joyful makes the waiting until we can meet Him one day much less worrisome. Whether tomorrow or 50 years from now, I strive to know Him more and recognize “bad days are just a day to examine my conscience” and good days are to give thanks to Him. Praise Jesus, today is a good day!
Truth! I struggle so often with gossip and comparison. I take to heart words of negativity that others comment about me or snarkily respond on social media with. But I can be just as snarky and just as harsh with words from my lips and thoughts in my head. Lord give me wisdom and allow me to love others more every day.
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