READ:  Ecclesiastes 11-12

THINK: You are likely young, strong, healthy, and full of potential. But as you read think about what you just read, look deeply at the perspective it presents: old age. Mull over the images, putting yourself in that place as best you can. Think of the contact you’ve had with elderly people: the physical aspects such as sights, sounds, textures, and smells; and the mental aspects, such as attitude, knowledge, and experience.

Now return to the present. Look down at your body. Examine your hands; fell your legs and stretch them out. Touch your hair and some of the muscles in your body. Look in a mirror at your eyes and face. Forget your standard checklist when you evaluate yourself. Instead see your youth, health, and strength. What does that feel like? What do you notice?

PRAY:  The Message translation of Ecclesiastes 11:9 is this:

“You who are young, make the most of your youth.
Relish your youthful vigor.
Follow the impulses of your heart.
If something looks good to you, pursue it.
But know also that not just anything goes;
You have to answer to God for every last bit of it.”

When you are told to “make the most of your youth” and “relish” it, what does that mean to you? What would being present to your life and enjoying it right now mean? Does being aware that you won’t always be young change your view? Talk with God about what you think of youth and old age. And ask him to align the desires of your heart with his so that you can spend your youthful energy pursuing things that really matter and make a difference!

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