To Be Joyful & To Do Good as Long as They Live

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The following is a “rerun,” but one worth repeating. It’s such an encouragement to me. I hope it is to you, as well. Originally posted May 18, 2008.

I was so pleased to stumble upon this scripture the other day. I was searching for “joyful” because I think that God desires that quality for his children. And lo and behold, here’s what I found:

I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man. — Ecclesiastes 3:10-12

This is such an exciting passage for me. God has given us work to do. (Every mom knows she has no shortage of “work.”) But, He has made everything, even this work to be “beautiful in its time.” We’re to work, to change diapers, to wash dishes, to help with schoolwork, to run errands, to cook meals, to apply first aid, and on and on, but we’re also called to be joyful and to do good as long as we live. To take pleasure in all our toil.

Our work is not a curse, but a thing for us to enjoy if we can. We cannot understand all that God does, but we can strive to be joyful and to do good all the days of our lives.


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  1. Thank you for this post. It was EXACTLY what I needed today! God Bless you for this!

  2. Yep, I echo The Mommy.
    I may have had a tiny hormonal meltdown at our ladies’ Bible Study last night about being overwhelmed and not fulfilled in my ‘job’. But I cried more and prayed more and have done 2 loads of laundry, folded last weeks laundry, and am about to tackle the dishes.
    Thanks for the reminder.
    ; )

  3. Thank you so much for posting this today. It is a good reminder. It’s hard for me, sometimes, to be joyful in my daily tasks. Thanks so much for the boost today!