'Life is short... Work hard at whatever you do.' Ecclesiastes 9:10 CEV
The book of Ecclesiastes can be a bit of a misery-trudge if you're not prepared for it. But the author's honest discussion on the briefness of human life shows some great insight. Knowing our time here on earth is short, Solomon writes: 'Be happy and enjoy eating and drinking!... life is short... work hard at whatever you do...' (Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 CEV).
Life is short, but it's full of potential. And in New Zealand we have much more access to this potential than those in some other countries. We have the chance to make the most of what God's given us, and follow what we're passionate about - many don't have that opportunity.
What does the Bible say about making use of opportunity? Choose to throw yourself into this life, with all its chances for adventure, dreaming and exploration. With God beside you, go and look for what you can run headfirst at, what makes your heart light up, and what makes you want to get out of bed in the morning (it's likely, by the way, that those things are where God's plan for you lies). Take a look at where your passions lie, and if you don't have any, ask God to show you what they are.
So what now? If you're already in a job but you're keen to pursue your passion, see what you can do on the side - can you take night classes? If you're still deciding what to do for a career, write down the things you're passionate about. Take hold of every opportunity in life.
Soulfood: 2 Sam 20:1-22:30 Lk 8:16-25 Ps 133 Pro 18:17-20,