New International Version (NIV)
8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning,
and patience is better than pride.
9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit,
for anger resides in the lap of fools.
10 Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?”
For it is not wise to ask such questions.
11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun.
12 Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it. 13 Consider what God has done: Who can straighten
what he has made crooked? 14 When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.
The preacher/teacher from Ecclesiastes reminds us that we can not change the past, for God's mercy has sustained us through it. We do not know what the future holds and therefore we can't control the good or bad days ahead. What we can do however is Live for today! In the midst of famine, marginalization, hatred, and greed we as God's representatives in the world can use today to effect CHANGE. Today you and I are afforded the awesome opportunity to promote love, justice, and mercy in a world that is divided economically, politically, and morally. We have a word in us that needs to be shared, a word that the world is thirsting for, a word from scripture about how God is calling all creation to live and love in harmony together. Today I ask you how will you spend your day? Who will you live out your faith today? I pray it's by promoting the love of God one person at a time.
Be Well Today, love P.J.