Words from the Heart for Tuesday June 14th, 2016
Better one handful with tranquillity than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.
Ecclesiastes 4:6 (NIV)
Sometimes less is more. Rather than always striving for more, contentment comes to the one who doesn’t always have to grab as much as possible. Are you content with what you have?
Did you know that there is an international relaxation day? It is August 15 which is a good time of the year for a tranquility day – in the midst of summer. Last year, in honour of relaxation day, the Huffington Post published a list of the twenty most relaxing places on the planet. Some of them are a long way from Canada and by the time you got there, you would need a time of relaxation to get over the jet lag. These are places like Whitehaven Beach in Australia and Sanur on Bali in Indonesia. But there are some relaxing places closer to home, including Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, Mount Hood in Oregon and right here in Canada, Lake Louise. If you are heading to Canada’s Rockies this summer, take some time to relax beside Lake Louise.
Most of us are extremely busy people. The pace of life can be hectic, with responsibility at church and work and with family and friends. Young people are busy with school or staring careers, middle aged people are in the sandwich generation, with responsibility for both children and aging parents. Even retirees tell me they are so busy they can’t figure out how they had time for work. But all of this busyness is not healthy and isn’t God’s best for us. Ecclesiastes 4:6 tells us “Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.” What Solomon has noticed that is those who have worked hard to get twice as much as they need are no better off, and sometimes worse off, than those who have not been quite to driven for the things of this world. What is better, and leads to a longer life, is to find tranquility and so have balance in life. How balanced are you in your pursuits? Are you driven by work and activity so much that you fall exhausted into bed at night, not having any peace, and not having had any time with the Lord that day? This isn’t God’s best for His people. His desire is that we find time to be with Him and to experience the tranquility that He alone offers in the midst of the craziness of life. Take time for tranquility. Meet with God today.
These have been words from the heart.