Reflection for Today ▶️ ⏩ ⏹️
Angel of Serenity, by Alexander Millar
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
— Ecclesiastes 9:10
No matter what work we do, or what life situation we find ourselves in we can find some joy, some passion therein. It's not that we should tolerate injustice, or to be kept down by the system in which we live, where wealth is valued more highly than integrity, but whatever life throws at us, be it just or unjust, we can find That of God, if we choose to look.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.1
A life well lived is one where we can find a balance between acceptance and action, and to recognise when the time is right for either one—or perhaps sometimes both simultaneously. Whatever we do we are counselled to do it with they might, to embrace this moment, this life, now, for where we are headed there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom. This life is all we have. Embrace.
1The Serenity Prayer, by Reinhold Niebuhr (short version)