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Read Ecclesiastes 2:18-23

Tuesday

Read Ecclesiastes 2:18-23

18 Nothing that I had worked for and earned meant a thing to me, because I knew that I would have to leave it to my successor, 19 and he might be wise, or he might be foolish—who knows? Yet he will own everything I have worked for, everything my wisdom has earned for me in this world. It is all useless. 20 So I came to regret that I had worked so hard. 21 You work for something with all your wisdom, knowledge, and skill, and then you have to leave it all to someone who hasn't had to work for it. It is useless, and it isn't right! 22 You work and worry your way through life, and what do you have to show for it? 23 As long as you live, everything you do brings nothing but worry and heartache. Even at night your mind can't rest. It is all useless.

Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

"You work and worry your way through life, and what do you have to show for it?" (Verse 22) As a minister I suppose I learn the most by conducting funerals.  Remembering almost every week how short life is and how precious love is. I've never heard eulogies about a person's wealth and influence; only about their kindness and care.

Pray

Lord help me to know what is really important.  Teach me to invest in relationships with you and with those you love.


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