“Then I became great and increased more than all who preceded me in Jerusalem. My wisdom also stood by me, all that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this was my reward for all my labor. Thus I consider all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 2:9-11
These words of Solomon many years ago are words echoed still today.
I am reading a new book, Live SoulFULL, and the words in this very first chapter pointed me to Ecclesiastes, and gave me good reason to pause. While my life is full, hard and good, I recognize the ongoing need to slow and evaluate. What am I chasing after? For what am I laboring.
There are many good things that I do, the mundane duties of laundry, all that goes into meal planning, the not mundane activities of teaching, coaching, working to keep the airways clear between my husband and me, my daughters and me. But in all that, for what I am laboring? And from where am I drawing my strength, inspiration and knowledge?
This passage from Ecclesiastes, actually all of Ecclesiastes, has set my mind to working, to searching. What part of my life brings satisfaction and fulfillment to my soul? And there are many days when I feel completely empty, dry. All poured out, no words left. Why am I now running on empty?
“To be empty is to hold or contain nothing.”
” To fill is to occupy space or volume.”
“To be fulfilled and satisfied is to contain and hold all that is possible; to have a need met; to be fully or completely supplied.” ~ SoulFull, Tabot
As I continue to go through this study, I am excited to see how God works within my mind and my heart. He has been faithful, and gentle, and I know that even if I have to cover the same ground yet again, the Father knows just how deep to go each time to cleanse, fill and set me right on the place on the path that I am to be.
Music has a unique ability to cut through the noise of the world and take God’s Word deep into the soul. I’ve experienced this gift many times. I’ve also seen how simply singing Scripture aids memorization, making pathways in the brain.
Live SoulFULL is a gospel-centered Bible study that combines immersive study of God’s Word with a 13 song album of original music. I am loving how the study and the music enhance each other, and enrich my time of study.
This study is created by Scott and Ginger Tabot. I received this complimentary copy of SoulFull from Frontgate Media in exchange for my opinions which are recorded here.
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