Ecclesiastes 5: 18-20 (The Message Translation)
After looking at the way things are on this earth, here’s what I’ve decided is the best way to live: Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that’s about it. That’s the human lot. Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift! God deals out joy in the present, the now. It’s uselss to brood over how long we might live.
Just the good ole’ boys! Never meanin no harm. . . . . . .
When I read this Bible passage, I immediately thought of the “good ole boy” terminology. Not the drunk, fist -fighting kind but the blue collar, old pick up truck, blue jeans and friends over on Saturday and blue jeans and a Bible on Sunday morning. There is always something comfortable and welcoming about hanging around a good ole boy. They do the best with what they have, they have a good time, and the typically work the same ole’ job for years. Their yard is messy, theirs dirty dishes in the sink, they are a payment late on their mortgage, the kids have dirty knees and a tore up yard to drive their ATV in. Most notably, they are Happy!! They are comfortable in their own skin. They don’t put on “aires” about who they are or are not. These good ole’ boys (and girls) have delighted in God’s gift! They don’t look back with regret, they are happy with where they are in life!
My brother, Tim, was a good ole boy- through and through.
Dear Heavenly Father- Thank you for showing me a glimpse of what you hopefully meant by Solomon’s wisdom in Ecclesiastes 5: 18-20. It’s nice to know that it’s okay to settle for who I am and not be expected to be someone I’m not. Help me to not look back but to look at today and be thankful for your gift of hard work, food in my belly, clothes on my back, and most importantly the gift of joy that I have because of it. Thank you Jesus. In your name, Amen