Fill your days with work and there’s little doubt what you’ll get. If you have even average intelligence and work over a long enough period of time, you’ll become successful. You’ll earn good money and, most likely, respect.
Drive even harder and surround yourself with smart people and you’ll probably multiply your earnings – maybe even build an empire.
Become skilled in juggling a million balls and you could have it all. Or so we hear.
Better one handful with tranquillity
than two handfuls with toil
and chasing after the wind.
Picture a person with two handfuls of money and possessions. They’re running around trying to get even more, squeezing what they already have into a tight ball so there’s room for the new stuff. It usually looks silly.
Now see the person with one handful of money. Their other hand is open and they’re waiting to receive the good things of life – love, joy, stories, weather, wisdom, God, friends, food, nature, music, books, movies, family, sleep.
Too many of us these days are killing ourselves trying to get promotions. We hustle to build platforms. Most of us would be better off sitting on one. Or in a lawn chair under some trees watching a movie.
The question for most of us shouldn’t be, “How can I get more? How can I fill up both hands?” It’s this: How much is enough?
Weekends are a good time to ask that question. When we stop chasing the wind and start enjoying it blowing on our face, we immediately remember where true riches lie.
there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.
Enjoy your Saturday, brothers and sisters! May we labor toward more days filled with the space and gladness of Saturday!
(Listen for the guitar slide at 2:13 that launches this song into a screaming anthem. It’s one half a second that soars in an already-inspiring song.)