Is that really true? Do you mean that I have to leave my hard earned money and material things to people who haven't worked to earn it? And you feel a sense of entitlement to it just because you are my kin, my family, partner?
In business we talk about the "take away." It's your net profit, your bottom line reward. Here's a truth you need to know before they tag your toe, arrange your funeral service and lay flowers on your grave: when you live for yourself and fail to fulfill God's purpose for your life, the "take away" is not worth the investment. Solomon writes, "So I turned in despair from hard work,. It was not the answer to my search for satisfaction in this life. For though I do my work with wisdom, knowledge, and skill, I must leave everything I gain to people who haven't worked to earn it, "This is foolish, but highly unfair" (Ecc 2:18-21 NIV).
The Message Bible puts it this way: "And I hated everything I'd accomplished and accumulated on this earth. I can't take it with me-no, I have to leave it to whoever comes after me. Whether they are worthy or worthless-who's to tell? they'll take over the earthly results of my intense thinking and hard work. That's when I called it quits, gave up on anything that could be hoped for on this earth. What's the point of working your fingers to the bone if you hand over what you worked for to someone who never lifted a finger for it? Smoke, that's what it is. A bad business from start to finish. So what do you get from a life of hard labor? Pain and grief from dawn to dusk. Never a decent night's rest. Nothing but smoke."
Or as author John Capozzi puts it, "The executive who works from 7 a.m. till 7 p.m. every day will be very successful. He will also be fondly remembered by his wife's next husband." LOL.
The day is coming when all the stuff you and I have striven, strained and stressed out to acquire will make no difference. Our resume and job title will no longer impress anyone. No one will care what clothes you wore or what cars you drove, except your relatives who plan to wear them, drive them, or sell them. "Selah," pause and think about that a minute. Lol.
If you are wise you'll plan to exit this life with a "take away" that involves these three things:
(a). Satisfaction, that comes from having fulfilled your God-given assignment here on earth; don't know what it is? Ask God to reveal His plan for your life; Jeremiah 29:11 says: "For I know the thoughts I think towards you saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." God created you for a reason before the foundation of this world. You just need to seek Him and ask what that prupose is.
(b). Success, that's measured in terms of eternal rewards, not temporal or temporary ones.
(c). Security, that comes from knowing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. These are the only "take away" worth living for!
RAIN, RAIN, RAIN, WE FINALLY GOT THE RAIN THAT WAS BADLY NEEDED! AND JUST AS THE FATHER KNOWS HOW TO GIVE TO THE EARTH THOSE THINGS THAT ARE NEEDED TO SUSTAIN US, HE WILL ALSO SEE TO YOUR NEEDS. OCTOBER HERE WE COME, LEAVES AND ALL.
IF YOU ARE READING MY BLOGS, WHY NOT ACKNOWLEDGE IT AND LEAVE ME A NOTE. I'D LIKE TO KNOW THAT MY LABOR IS NOT IN VAIN..
BE BLESS AND AS ALWAYS: "DON'T FORGET TO SAY YOUR PRAYERS"