As bloggers, we often talk about “being real.” That’s a really good thing, in my opinion. Transparency and honesty are what create authentic relationships, give others the inspiration and hope they might very well need, and help to bridge the gap with someone who may feel that she (or he) is the only one who struggles. I know I am always blessed when I read posts about the “real” in home life, schooling, and marriage relationships.
“Real” is also what the book of Ecclesiastes is all about. I’ve been reading through it again recently, and even though I know many find it depressing, I have been encouraged by Solomon’s honest and raw assessment of what life “really” is all about.
Here is one such passage:
“Seize life! Eat bread with gusto, drink wine with a robust heart. Oh yes–God takes pleasure in your pleasure! Drink festively every morning. Don’t skimp on colors and scarves. Relish life with the spouse you love each and every day of your precarious life. Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange for the hard work of staying alive. Make the most of each one! Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily! This is your last and only chance at it, for there’s neither work to do nor thoughts to think in the company of the dead, where you’re most certainly headed.” Ecc. 9:7-10 (The Message)
Interesting. Any thoughts? What’s “real” in your life right now?