Hello friends of FCHS. Welcome to my blog 🙂 Below are the Bible verses I referenced during our time together at the retreat in Buena Vista. If you have questions, comments, or would like to discuss anything please feel free to reach out to me!
FYI I study from the NIV version of the Bible. My actual study Bible (and footnotes I reference below) are from the Life Application Study Bible (large print). If you are interested in ordering a copy here is an Amazon link
Who is the wisest person in all of history?
2 Chronicles 1:7-13
That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon answered God, “you have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possession or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.
See also: 1 King 3:5-15
Who is King Solomon?
- Wisest man
- Built God’s Temple
- 700 wives, 300 concubines
- Wrote 3000 proverbs and 1005 songs as well as the books of Song of Songs and Ecclesiastes
- Link to Aladdin
Solomon tells us to enjoy our work, for it is our lot in life.
So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?
(Step 1: Say it out loud)
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess you faith and are saved.
5 minutes a day
The end of a matter is better than its beginning and patience is better than pride. 9. Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.
*Footnote: To finish what we start takes hard work, wise guidance, self0discipline and patience. Anyone with vision can start a big project. But vision without wisdom will result in unfinished projects and goals.
(Step 2: Grit/Determination)
A Time for Everything
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.
A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and time to uproot,
A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and time to speak,
a time to love and time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
*Footnote: Timing is important. All the experiences listed in these verses are appropriate at certain times. The secret to peace with God is to discover, accept, and appreciate God’s timing. The danger is to doubt or resent God’s timing. This can lead to despair, rebellion, or moving ahead without his advice.
Dismissal to Dinner
So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.
(Step 3: Attitude)
*Footnote on p. 1371: Your ability to find satisfaction in your work depends to a large extent upon your attitude. You will become dissatisfied if you lose the sense of purpose God intended for your work. We can enjoy our work if we 1) remember that God has given us work to do (3:10), and 2) realize that the fruit of our labor is a gift from him (3:13). See you work as a way to serve God.
Find a Mentor
Have a mentor show you the way > let Solomon be your mentor too
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
Solomon Wrote in Proverbs
For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
Surely you need guidance to wage war, and victory is won through many advisers.
How to deal with Negativity
“I am who I am and I do not need your approval.”
Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you – for you now in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others.
“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I respond to it.”
(Step 4: Define Perseverance and then live it)
When times are good, be happy, but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return. Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land. If clouds are full of water, they pour rain on the earth. Whether a tree falls to the south tor to the north, in the place where it falls, there it will lie. Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. Sow your seeds in the morning, and at evening let your hangs not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.
*Footnote: In these verses Solomon summarizes that life involves both risk and opportunity. Because life has no guarantees, we must be prepared. Solomon does not support a despairing attitude. Just because life is uncertain does not mean we should do nothing. We need a spirit of trust and adventure, facing life’s risks and opportunities with God-directed enthusiasm and faith.
Why I picked Ecclesiastes to parallel my message with pursuing our goals
Have a heart that serves God no matter your lot/station (barista, CEO, teacher, janitor, parent)
Eat, Drink and Be Merry. Life is a gift, but you will be judged for your actions.
You who are young, be happy while you are young and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.