As you know not what is the way of the wind, or how the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a pregnant woman, even so you know not the work of God, Who does all. In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening withhold not your hands, for you know not which shall prosper, whether this or that, or whether both alike will be good. (Ecclesiastes 11:5, 6 AMP)
In discovering new truths about life, the universe, and everything, science keeps demonstrating how much we don’t know. Unlike Solomon we now have an idea how the bones of a baby are shaped in the womb–though the mystery still remains as to why and what exactly causes the metamorphosis. And while we have more educated theories as to what the process is as well as knowing several of the catalysts in so many areas, everyday we discover how many of our theories were either slightly or widely off.
I’m not here to criticize our scientists or science merely pointing out how limited our grasp of reality is. We don’t know the way of the wind, or how the spirit comes to the bones in the womb or even what the spirit is as yet that’s why I’m more concerned with our understanding of living. Since we don’t know the answer to many of the questions of what constitutes life itself, Solomon instructs us to live no holds barred and invest intentionally for we can’t know the outcome of our efforts until the tally at the end of the “day”.
My take is: Live with gusto, purpose and a sense of adventure. Life is short (though when we’re young it seems to be long) so don’t waste time worrying about failures. Instead forge ahead knowing that life is its own investment and everything becomes subject to time and chance in the end. What far too many call “failure” springs naturally from the steps of learning and growth. I’m not trying to ease the sting of it either, rather it’s important to point out that every single accomplishment in my life came with its own learning curve. Failure is part of getting to know any subject and accomplishing anything.
The conclusion? Invest! Be wise and cautious but don’t be frozen by the latter, instead use it to prepare for the worst yet always work for the best.
I’m taking this message to heart and determined in the coming year to practice them as best I can with what I know to do. What about you?
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