“There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. “For whom am I toiling,” he asked, “And why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?” This too is meaningless, a miserable business!” –Ecclesiastes 4:8
Healthy advice is stop to smell roses despite it sounding like a cliché –Tangie T. Woods
Do you take time to relax your mind, body and soul? Are you neglecting your spouse, children and even your health to acquire money, cars, houses, clothes, jewels, or whatever your heart desires? According to Proverbs 11:4, “Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.”
I once considered myself a workaholic and did not take time to enjoy the finer or more enjoyable aspects of life. Unfortunately, my health and numerous surgeries stopped me to ask how working long hours and always on the go were beneficial to me, my health, my family, my soul, and souls of others.
Last Sunday evening, my husband and I briefly discussed the man in Ecclesiastes 4:8. The man said, “For whom am I toiling and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment.”
The following morning, I received a phone call from Sister Linda Olaoye while I was reading “The Rose,” a beautiful poem for me written by my husband. During Linda’s morning devotional from Matthew 6:28-31, the Holy Spirit led her to call me. She excitedly talked about how the birds awake early to [perhaps sing praises to God]; while we oftentimes wake up complaining. Our conversation was brief but it made a positive impact on my entire day.
Remember to slow down and pay attention to your family and little things that make life worthwhile. The expression “stop and smell the roses” is not simply stopping to smell flowers, but to live life with a deeper appreciation for the Lord, His beautiful wonders and your family.