Chapter-a-Day Ecclesiastes 3

Make a difference. But in the end, does it really make a difference what anyone does? Ecclesiastes 3:9 (MSG)

I appreciate Solomon's search for meaning, and I identify with his struggle. I have cycled through my own periods of feeling life's futility. This morning, however, I found myself getting a little irritated at his question, "Does it really make a difference what anyone does?"

My parents gave me a good home, provided for my needs and loved me. That made a difference.
My first grade teacher loved me and prayed for me. That made a difference.
My friends invited me to a conference where I heard God's message. That made a difference.
My boss met me on Tuesday mornings to teach me God's word. That made a difference.
Friends and family continue to forgive my stupid mistakes. That makes a difference.
Friends and family continue to support and encourage me. That makes a difference.
My wife lives out her love for me daily, hourly, minute-by-minute. That makes a difference.

Yes, Solomon. What we do really does make a  difference.

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2 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Ecclesiastes 3”

  1. I’ve decided that there’s nothing better to do than go ahead and have a good time and get the most we can out of life. That’s it—eat, drink, and make the most of your job. It’s God’s gift.
    I’ve shared this before on this blog, but the above verse highlights my wife’s greatest attributes. She celebrates life. In many ways, she has been handed lemons in her life, particularly with her health. Not one day passes however, without her being upbeat and celebrating life and what God has blessed her with. She puts her all into her work, her family, the youth group, our small group, each with high energy. Today I am thankful for her positive outlook.

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