The years of our life are seventy,
or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
they are soon gone, and we fly away.
Who considers the power of your anger,
and your wrath according to the fear of you?
So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
How powerful are these words from Psalms?
I don’t care if you do or don’t believe in God or whatever form of God or superior being you worship or deny. There is no denying the power of these words.
Of course I had to write this verse down when I read it.
When you’re younger this doesn’t mean much but as you age and as the seventy years become a hell of a lot closer to you than when you were twenty or thirty, words like these start to take on a whole new meaning.
This is my take on what King David is trying to tell himself with this verse. Note his honesty, David has written this for himself, a reflection on his life. He was one of the most powerful individuals on the earth at the time yet he does not delude himself. Continue reading
In peace I will both lie down and sleep. For you alone O Lord make me dwell in safety.
I read this the other morning as I was doing my daily morning ritual.
Reading the Bible every morning is a habit I started about six or seven years ago maybe longer. I’m not exactly sure when I made it part of my daily ritual but I know it was before I made the decision to leave behind the stress and frustration of my management position.
I was looking for contentment in my life, serenity to take the place of the chaos and pressure I was experiencing every day on my job. The chaos and pressure always made its way into my mornings, evenings, weekends, holidays and vacations.
I was not able to lie down and sleep in peace. Continue reading
Reading the Bible has been teaching me life lessons.
That is its purpose. No matter what you do or don’t believe there is much knowledge and wisdom to be gained from this book.
I was thinking about the Israelites and how Moses brought them out of the bondage of Egypt.
Just about everyone over the age of 50 has seen Cecil B DeMille’s classic movie “The Ten Commandments”. I believe it’s still on TV around Easter and Passover. Continue reading
Every morning I start the day with my routine, the three S’s. While taking care of the first S I read my Bible. I’m multi tasking.
I’m not a guy who wears his religion on his sleeve.
Although my religion was given to me by my parents, when it comes to my religion I don’t have the same perspective as my parents.
It’s mine and only mine and I don’t expect it to be yours. Live and let live.
I do find The Bible a tremendous source of wisdom and knowledge and I have read through it cover to cover a number of times.
On this current read through I am at the point where I am getting to some of my favorite books like Job, Proverbs and Psalms.
These books not only teach but inspire. Continue reading
I have written about my favorite books of The Bible, included in that list is the book of Ecclesiastes.
Ecclesiastes is believed to have been written by King Solomon. Some regard him as one of the wisest men in history. Between Proverbs and Ecclesiastes I have little doubt that he was.
The second chapter of Ecclesiastes is my favorite. The insight it gives into the meaning of life is beyond reproach,
Solomon was one of the most powerful men in the world if not the most powerful during his reign. He had anything and everything and everyone at his beckon call. And yet he sums up the meaning of life, at least he does for me, in one sentence. Continue reading