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Time And Purpose

"I intend to leave after my death a large fund for the promotion of the peace idea, but I am skeptical as to its results. The savants will write excellent volumes. There will be laureates. But wars will continue just the same until the force of circumstances renders them impossible" Alfred Nobel....

Alfred Nobel did leave a great deal of money in a fund for the purpose of rewarding people who excelled in certain fields, including the Nobel Peace Prize. It is ironic (maybe not) that Nobel was the inventor of dynamite. The world always says that it yearns for peace, but usually tries everything else first. General Dwight D. Eisenhower said; "We love peace so dearly that we will fight for it." Hmmmmm...The list of things that we find in Ecclesiastes three, is prefaced by; "To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under the sun" (V 1). There are 14 sets of contrasted expressions. Conscious activities that we engage in. Some of them we have control over and others we don't. For the most part, we do not control our time of birth or death. What God has granted us is to be in His family. In being in that family, we are better able to make choices that will help us to live fuller and richer lives, here and later.

The other activities listed here, and we could probably come up with our own list, all come by us in our lives. We do not always have a choice as to when and where they will come by, but do control how we will react to them. Dying, killing, tearing down, weeping, mourning, hating and warring bring us sorrow. Birth, planting and harvesting, healing, laughing, dancing, embracing, gaining, loving and peace are joyous activities of life. All of these activities, the ones of joy and sorrow, involve either things or people in our lives and our relationship to them. People of the world have been forever burdened by this list. When we look at some of the wars that have been fought by our own country, and why they were fought, think of how many innocent lives were lost. Civilians are often looked at as collateral damage...How sad...Solomon ends his list with the statement; "What does the worker gain from his toil?" God has intended a high purpose for all of us. He has made the things that support our lives to work in a beautiful fashion..."He has also set eternity in the hearts of men" (V 11). More tomorrow...

Have a great day... Make a difference... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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