Thankfulness in Ecclesiastes

framingI just heard a great word on thankfulness from Dr. Steven Runge today. It went something like this: “as a carpenter framing houses, I knew that God maybe had something more for me – but I also knew that I should be thankful and enjoy what I was working on and where God had me at the time. So I started looking for 2×4’s that were the right size so I could thank God for that. It is like when you are doing laundry and the socks all match up and you are just so excited about that and you thank God for that little joy in the otherwise mundane work you just have to do.”

Ecclesiastes 2:24-25 says There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?

What do you think about this subject?
Is God’s Word true on this?
What ways do you look at – and for, in your everyday life in “your toil?”

One of the dying arts of living is to actually enjoy seeing a job done, and done well. Many times I get in a hurry and forget the details that will make the job shine better and in turn reflect better on my Lord who does “all things well.” Sometimes I try to be a loner and yet when I take the time to involve others in the work of the kingdom and see their expertise and their enjoyment the job is more Joy than just job.

Looking for input on this subject. …like…What other Scriptures come to mind or Bible characters that can better inform us and fill us with more joy as we journey to our real and forever home?

Btw…I don’t think we will sit around in heaven. I’m sure there will be much for us to learn and do.
Jesus as a boy even was “busy about His Father’s business” like He was already plenty use to working and enjoying the pleasure of pleasing Him. And, besides that his earthly Dad was a carpenter…plenty to think about here…I think!

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