Journey in the Word

Karen Ingrid Clark

Ecclesiastes 2:20-23

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Week Two – Day 3 – Ecclesiastes 2:20-23  SOAP v. 20-21WK2D3

20 So I turned about and gave my heart up to despair over all the toil of my labors under the sun, 21 because sometimes a person who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave everything to be enjoyed by someone who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil.22 What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? 23 For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity.

O – Solomon continues to despair over the end of his life – all that he worked for will be left behind.  His riches, his work, his wisdom and knowledge, his skills – all put together would be left for someone who did not work for it.  They would enjoy his labors – nothing would last, for him.  This bothered him so much that he lost sleep over it!

A – As I was reading this scripture over this morning, a saying that my grandmother used to say came to mind – “Only one life so soon will be past, only what’s done for Christ will last…”  After a little searching, I found that it was part of a poem by C.T. Studd.  (text below) If Solomon lived in our time, today, would he realize this?  Or – would he still be tied to his “stuff”, his work, his wisdom and knowledge?  And to personalize this – do I realize this?  Do I live, so that what I do is for Christ?  Will what I do last?

One of the threads on the facilitator site yesterday was all about legacy.   I’ve been thinking about that over the past day.  What legacy am I leaving behind?  Is what I do “lasting?”   I thought yesterday about the students I had in the past, but today, it is more of the adults in my life.  What am I doing that is lasting?  After finding out that the job that I had interviewed for is not hiring now, I really wondered.  Am I supposed to be “working” now – or investing in those around me, as I have that time to do that?  We can live on one income – do we really need two?  Does God have something different for me around the corner?  How can I use my love of teaching  – now?  How can I build relationships?

Yesterday, while at Bible study at church, I was so encouraged by the interaction of the women, and their sincere interest in digging in the Word.  What a blessing to have the time to prepare and read ahead, so that our discussion is enriched by background and integration of other scriptures!  I also cherish the time spent with two young ladies at church, reading “The Best Yes” together, and discussing how to prioritize our lives.  It gives me a little “baby time” too!  God is starting to open up relationships here, which I have craved since I moved here in July.  Our “Friday Night Meatballs” night allows us, as a couple, to bring the church family together in different ways for fellowship and encouragement.   These things are helping me to see what God has for me – here in Indiana.  It is difficult to miss family and friends back East, but I am beginning to see new relationships build here.  And, I am finding new ways to keep the interaction strong with family back “home.”  It is finding ways to enrich relationships, and build legacy – now.

I need to invest with what is right in front of me – the people that God places in my path.  Whether it is a Skype call, or an email, or a “stop to chat” – I need to be aware of “His appointments” – not mine!  May I say today, “only one life will soon be past – only what’s done for Christ will last!”

P – Father God – even though reading this book of Ecclesiastes is difficult, I am seeing, and my heart is responding to Your message.  Father, give me opportunities to serve You in my daily life.  Help me to see what You put in front of me today.  Thank You for the continued prompting to look around me.  Thank You for the encouragement yesterday from the ladies at Bible study, and for what I am learning from them.  Father, You have a plan for me, work it out in me today.   Thank You for Your love and Your grace in my life.

Only One Life – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZIFBN7RauA

VERSE 1
It matters so little
How much you may own
The places you’ve been
Or people that you know
For it all comes to nothing
When placed at His feet
It’s nothing to Jesus
Just memories to me

VERSE 2
You can take all the treasures
From far away lands
And take all the riches
you can hold in your hands
And take all the pleasures
Your riches can buy
But will it help
When it’s your time to die

CHORUS
Only one life
So soon it will pass
Only what’s done for Christ will last
Only one chance to do His will
So give to Jesus all you days
It’s the only life that pays
When you recall
You have but one life

VERSE 3
The days pass so swiftly
The months come and go
The years melt away
Like new falling s
Spring turns to summer
Then summer to fall
Autumn brings winter
Then death come to all

CHORUS
Only one life
So soon it will pass
Only what’s done for Christ will last
Only one chance to do His will
So give to Jesus all you days
It’s the only life that pays
When you recall
You have but one life

Only One Life

By C.T. Studd

 

Two little lines I heard one day,

Traveling along life’s busy way;

Bringing conviction to my heart,

And from my mind would not depart;

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,

Only what’s done for Christ will last.

 

Only one life, yes only one,

Soon will its fleeting hours be done;

Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet,

And stand before His Judgement seat;

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,

Only what’s done for Christ will last.

 

Only one life, the still small voice,

Gently pleads for a better choice

Bidding me selfish aims to leave,

And to God’s holy will to cleave;

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,

Only what’s done for Christ will last.

 

Only one life, a few brief years,

Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;

Each with its clays I must fulfill,

living for self or in His will;

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,

Only what’s done for Christ will last.

 

When this bright world would tempt me sore,

When Satan would a victory score;

When self would seek to have its way,

Then help me Lord with joy to say;

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,

Only what’s done for Christ will last.

 

Give me Father, a purpose deep,

In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;

Faithful and true what e’er the strife,

Pleasing Thee in my daily life;

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,

Only what’s done for Christ will last.

 

Oh let my love with fervor burn,

And from the world now let me turn;

Living for Thee, and Thee alone,

Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,

Only what’s done for Christ will last.

 

Only one life, yes only one,

Now let me say, ”Thy will be done”;

And when at last I’ll hear the call,

I know I’ll say “twas worth it all”;

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,

Only what’s done for Christ will last.

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