The Ideal Occupation

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20

Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him – for this is his lot. Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work – this is a gift of God. He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.

Beautiful phrase, that – “occupied with gladness of heart,” or, “busy with the joy of his heart,” as another translation (NKJV) renders it. And what a nicer prospect that is than dwelling “unduly on the days of [one’s] life”! (As the same alternate version puts it – and which is something to which I sometimes fall prey.)


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  1. It’s good to be reminded that life is to be lived (“occupied with gladness of heart”) as well as being reflective. All too often I fall prey to being more of life’s spectator than an active participant. As a lot of writers seem to be. Good to just live life and enjoy the moment!


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