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The Best Version

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The Best Version of Me!
How do I include God in the various aspects of my life? Is God a true priority in my daily activities? In what ways does God provide meaning to my work, marriage, family, possessions, ministry, and personal interests? Am I striving to be "the best version of me that God created?"
Our study in Ecclesiastes 6:1-12 brings us to an often difficult section to wrap our minds around.  If you have read ahead in the scriptures you know exactly what I'm talking about and you could understand why some might want to obviously "shy" away from this section. Shying away will not be my intent this week rather there is much to learn and to take away from this very illustrative section of scripture.  
The fact is, in order for you and for me to be "the best version of me that God created"  we need to enjoy what God has given us while we can. There is no guarantee that we will have our health and loved ones tomorrow. Therefore, live your life with enjoyment today! And remember satisfaction in life is found by enjoying God's blessings.
The teacher (Solomon) concludes this section by observing that life is too short to worry about behavior, miscues, or shortcomings. The challenge becomes that we need to learn to be submissive to our great God for He alone knows the end from the beginning. He is the only sovereign One.  God is the potter and we are the clay - the clay that He is shaping to be..."the best version of me that God created."

Pastor Jeff

Seeking Satisfaction

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How often during the  “busyness” of your day do you hit the pause button and say “It Is Well?” I would like to think at some point during his personal reflection King Solomon uttered the words “It is well.” 

As Solomon begins this monologue, known as Ecclesiastes, we can see that he looked around himself (1:4-7), he looks behind himself (1:8-11) and then looks within himself (1:12-18). With everything he tried, everywhere he turned he found…zero. I believe Solomon realizes that the only way to find satisfaction from the boredom of life is through a relationship with the one and true Living God! While reading this section I believe it is fair to say that Solomon is trying to tell us - Look I have experienced it all and I'm anxious to tell everything about life. Don't follow me....learn from me!  Pastor Jeff


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