5:18 “Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot.”
work hard, play hard; enjoy the fruits of your labor; do what you do, and do it well.
6:3-5 “If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with life’s good things, and he also has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he. For it comes in vanity and goes in darkness, and in darkness its name is covered. Moreover, it has not seen the sun or known anything, yet if finds rest rather than he.”
stop and smell those roses; enjoy the sunshine on your face, and live every day in the attitude of gratitude that these gifts rightfully demand.
7:3 “Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad.”
there is pain in the growth, growth in the pain.
7:8 “Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.”
…pride and prejudice?? beware of too much sassy, but also, staytrue staytrue.
7:14 “In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.”
God is always working — when he reveals the details of how he’s doing so, these are just the cherry-on-top moments of wonderful grace and un-helpable gratitude [a virtuous cycle].
8:14-15 “There is a vanity that takes place on earth, that there are righteous people to whom it happens according to the deeds of the wicked, and there are wicked people to whom it happens according to the deeds of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity. And I commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.”
all cliches are simple, obvious, WOAH-inspiring truths; take joy in the joyful, but learn joy from the sorrowful.
for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.
nothing better. than that which God has given him under the sun.