Applying Ecclesiastes

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I’ve been reading
and studying over
the last few weeks
in the Book of
Ecclesiastes. I would
like to sum up my
study in the poem below.


Enthusiasm is gained by working for a cause
That brings to the world a better place.
God can light the fire within
That helps to start and finish the race.

We have a purpose.
We are free from the past.
We are ready to face the future.
We learn and work and have a blast.

Working to be who God wants us to be.
Connecting people to Him;
With a sense of purpose;
Helping to not sink but swim.

On the cutting edge,
Finding excitement and contentment;
Helping one more person;
Get over any resentment.

The battles we face each day.
Keep us on top and staying active.
God is a part of each day.
We listen and are proactive.

We are Gaining wisdom each day.
We are inspired and working hard.
Enjoying the blessings;
But remaining on guard.

The work we do has a time limit
So we budget time and money.
The work we do is recorded for eternity;
And it is as sweet as honey.

There is a special power;
When we all pull together;
Being present and pitching in;
Difficulties become light as a feather.

We are encouraging each other with kind words.
We are offering support and strength to one another.
We are tapping into talents and skills;
From every sister and brother.

Listen to God throughout the day;
He can say something awesome;
Through another person, art, or music;
A book or field in full blossom.

God speaks through the Bible.
Through what we read
And the people we meet.
If we pray, He will lead.

Set aside time to prepare;
And time for daily renewal.
Set aside time to be with God;
Listening for instructions and to refuel.

He has made the earth productive;
His people keen;
His meadows green;
His way is pristine.

Learn from tough times.
Help others to avoid.
Adversity is the path to truth
And people become overjoyed.

Take in thoughts of excellence.
Hammer and hone these thoughts;
On the anvil of everyday living;
Then connect all the dots.

For the path to freedom,
Prepare the mind and heart.
Take in the principles from the Bible.
You will never come up short.

Truth will always be truth.
His truth protects moral fiber.
Know what needs to be done
And be a subscriber.

Know what you are good at.
Look at ways to use your strong suit.
There is a limited time to fulfill your destiny
So know that God’s way is the best route.

To make your dreams come true,
Identify the spark, the something amazing,
Notice opportunities swiftly to help
Others see God as the ONE for praising.

Focus on God for the battles we face.
Listen, pay attention and stay calm.
Be careful and know where you are going.
Choose words wisely like mom.

Pay attention to the most important priority.
Set out to get it right.
Our relationship with God matters most.
Remain in communication and see the light.

Evaluate each situation.
Pray for a plan.
He will give the most effective way.
Take action like I know you can.

Take advantage of the chance to be generous.
There is no assurance the opportunity will persist.
Act out of love with no expectation of return
And God will be there to assist.

What really matters is not the outlook;
But the up look;
And spending each day with God;
Working together with the instruction book.

We can look back on life and regret
Or look back with memories that inspire.
Use the fuel of praise.
To keep the passion on fire.

Keep returning to God with humbleness
And renew daily in payer.
Resist discouragement
By knowing He will always be there.

 
By Mark Shields – © 8-28-2013

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About Mark Shields

Mark works in the Information Systems Department for an Insurance Company. He volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church and runs the 10:50 worship service computer. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. You’re invited to join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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