We are younger for longer these days. Good nutrition and healthy lifestyles have got us living much longer on average than people did 500 years ago. If you did live long you could expect to lose your teeth, eyesight and other functions much earlier. However, what is a long time for us – let’s say we are 55 before we have to slow down instead of 35 – is just a blip on the map of history. Enjoy it while you can.
Many of us sit on the couch, eat garbage, let electronics live our lives for us. However, we should get out in nature, build relationships, and learn to laugh. Don’t worry about the cancer that killed your parents – get a check up now and then, but put it out of your mind. Don’t waste the time that you can do what you can do today. Tomorrow you may lose a hip or go blind.
Yesterday, as every Friday, I went for a walk in Volo Bog with family (http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/r2/VOLOBOG.HTM), had lunch at Bobby’s Barrel, spent the afternoon at Volo Auto Museum (http://volocars.com/), snuggled with my wife, played soccer under the lights, and played a computer game. Today … actually today I am just waiting for a new table to arrive.
7 Light is sweet,
and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
8 However many years anyone may live,
let them enjoy them all.
But let them remember the days of darkness,
for there will be many.
Everything to come is meaningless.
9 You who are young, be happy while you are young,
and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth.
Follow the ways of your heart
and whatever your eyes see,
but know that for all these things
God will bring you into judgment.
10 So then, banish anxiety from your heart
and cast off the troubles of your body,
for youth and vigor are meaningless.
1 Remember your Creator
in the days of your youth,
before the days of trouble come
and the years approach when you will say,
“I find no pleasure in them”—
2 before the sun and the light
and the moon and the stars grow dark,
and the clouds return after the rain;
3 when the keepers of the house tremble,
and the strong men stoop,
when the grinders cease because they are few,
and those looking through the windows grow dim;
4 when the doors to the street are closed
and the sound of grinding fades;
when people rise up at the sound of birds,
but all their songs grow faint;
5 when people are afraid of heights
and of dangers in the streets;
when the almond tree blossoms
and the grasshopper drags itself along
and desire no longer is stirred.
Then people go to their eternal home
and mourners go about the streets.
6 Remember him—before the silver cord is severed,
and the golden bowl is broken;
before the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
and the wheel broken at the well,
7 and the dust returns to the ground it came from,
and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
8 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.[a]
“Everything is meaningless!”
- What is to be done with the years we live?
- Who should be remembered when we are young?
- What parts of the body might the writer be referencing in chapter 12?
- How does the break down of the body tend toward misery?
- What things that you can still do and enjoy have you not made time for recently?