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Most of my life is centred around work of one type or another. I am either working at my electrical jobs for others or I am doing something at home, presently involving the refurbishment of a bedroom. It is nice to do some painting for a change, it is easy albeit a little monotonous but there is no hurry especially in this instance. Nevertheless all the emulsion painting is now completed as far as it needs to be; I will continue with it once the furniture has been fitted for it has to be a different colour. Anyway my Saturday was basically taken up painting for most of the daylight hours. I sometimes think about my lifestyle and about life in general, in fact I think about these things a lot each day. I think on these verses from Scripture…….

Ecclesiastes 9

A common destiny for all

 So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands, but no one knows whether love or hate awaits them. All share a common destiny – the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not.

As it is with the good,
    so with the sinful;
as it is with those who take oaths,
    so with those who are afraid to take them.

This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of people, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterwards they join the dead. Anyone who is among the living has hope – even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!

For the living know that they will die,
    but the dead know nothing;
they have no further reward,
    and even their name is forgotten.
Their love, their hate
    and their jealousy have long since vanished;
never again will they have a part
    in anything that happens under the sun.

7 Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun – all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labour under the sun. 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

11 I have seen something else under the sun:

The race is not to the swift
    or the battle to the strong,
nor does food come to the wise
    or wealth to the brilliant
    or favour to the learned;
but time and chance happen to them all.

12 Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come:

As fish are caught in a cruel net,
    or birds are taken in a snare,
so people are trapped by evil times
    that fall unexpectedly upon them.

You see, no matter what we do in this life it will all come to an abrupt end one day. These thoughts are in my mind every day but I am not focussing on the futility of what I am doing, for everything we do is futile if you really think about it, no, I am thinking about what comes after. Life has nothing to do with what we do for each of us does something different but life does have meaning. Why is there life at all? What is the source of our being? Well I can tell you if you have a listening ear. We are not the by-product of the forces of Nature, the Universe or anything else but we are the product of our Creator, created by Him for His good pleasure. Jesus Christ is the source of our being. We will all die one day and we will all face our Creator God some to everlasting shame and some to everlasting life. So be cheerful and live life the best way you can for one day it will all end. Think therefore not only about this life but the one to come…………remember your Creator while you still can.

Shirley Anne