Advice to the young and old

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Let us read to the end. Super important!

Well, because of the diversities in the world today, it is a bit difficult to put the right words in the right situations as each personality differs too. I came around the scripture that is universal-for both the young and old. 

For me, it answers questions, in fact all. If anything, I have grown to say less and watch more. The scripture is a message to both the young and the old. 

For the youths debating whether doing drugs is okay. Whether masturbation is a better option than fornication. Or for those thinking since we are young, it is allowed to ‘explore’ in whatever context we decide to put that. The extent to which youthful exuberance is allowed. In all, this is an evaluation, advice, warning and instruction. 

Ecclesiastes 11:7-11 (MSG) says

“Oh, how sweet the light of day,

And how wonderful to live in the sunshine!

Even if you live a long time, don’t take a single day for granted.

Take delight in each light-filled hour,

Remembering that there will also be many dark days

And that most of what cones your way is smoke.

Relish your youthful vigor.

You who are young, make the most of your youth.

Follow the impulses of your heart.

If something looks good to you, pursue it.

But know also that not just anything goes;

Live footloose and fancy-free-

You have to answer to God for every last bit of it.

You won’t be young forever.

Youth lasts about as long as smoke.”

The best part comes in Ecclesiastes 12(MSG)

Honor and enjoy your Creator while you’re still young,

Before the years take their toll and your vigor wanes,

Before your vision dims and the world blurs

And the winter years keep you close to the fire.

In old age, your body no longer serves you so well.

Muscles slacken, grip weakens, joints stiffen.

The shades are pulled down on the world.

You can’t come and go at will. Things grind to a halt.

The hum of the household fades away.

You are wakened now by bird-song.

Hikes to the mountains are a thing of the past.

Your hair turns apple-blossom white,

Even a stroll down the road has its terrors.

Adorning a fragile and impotent matchstick body.

Yes, you’re well on your way to eternal rest,

While your friends make plans for your funeral.

Life, lovely while it lasts, is soon over.

Life as we know it, precious and beautiful, ends.

The body is put back in the same ground it came from.

The spirit returns to God, who first breathed it.

The Quester says that everything’s smoke.

It’s all smoke, nothing but smoke.

Besides being wise himself, the Quester also taught others knowledge.

He weighed, examined, and arranged many proverbs.

The Quester did his best to find the right words and write the plain truth.

The words of the wise prod us to live well.

They’re like nails hammered home, holding life together.

They are given by God, the one Shepherd.

But regarding anything beyond this, dear friend, go easy.

There’s no end to the publishing of books, and constant study wears you out so you’re no good for anything else.

Do what he tells you.

The last and final word is this:

Fear God.

And that’s it.

Eventually God will bring everything that we do out into the open and judge it according to its hidden intent, whether it’s good or evil.

This is exactly what was said by God. Let us reflect and drop comments about this message.

7 comments

  1. Though the author of Ecclesiastes is unknown or popularly ascribed to Quohelet( popularly ascribed to Solomon), it is indubitable that the book contains facts/truths. I like this book for that.
    The author quoted some unpalatable truth from book of Ecclesiastes. Just like every other truth the Bible has suffered the three stages that all fact are subjected to: ridicule, opposition and acceptance.
    The facts above are going through the crucible of the three stage tests of their truism.

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