Melvyn Tan
September 12, 2013 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

The Gladness of Heart

[blockquote source=”Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 (NIV)“]This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and […]

[blockquote source=”Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 (NIV)“]This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.[/blockquote]

For the last eight years in my career, I have made some significant breakthroughs which had enabled me to enjoy some of the luxuries in life that I can only once dream of. And while there were significant amount of effort put into work, I am rather grateful for the entire experience and how I became closer to God.

This is the kind of life that we want to be living, where gladness of the heart is what occupy our mind and that everything we do, we do it for the will of God. And with the work we do, come the wealth we gain. But we should not focus only on the wealth and possessions, but on the work that we do that will enable us to experience and appreciate God’s gift.

Dear LORD, may I be happy in my toil that is a gift from You and may this gladness of heart occupies me in my days ahead. In Jesus’ name, Amen.