Hello friends! Yet another week has come and gone. It was a good week, but spiritually challenging.
Our topic this week was the book of Ecclesiastes. Have you read that book lately? In English, it starts out in one of two ways, either Meaningless, meaningless! Everything is meaningless or Vanity of vanities. (In Hebrew the word is Hevel, which translates to vapor or smoke) How depressing is that? But that's not the point of the book. What is a vapor or meaningless is everything apart from God. Wisdom apart from God, work apart from God, and Pleasure apart from God, they are all meaningless. The answer to these meaningless things is a life of simplicity. Enjoying the simple things and the gifts that God gives us, to learn to enjoy God in everything and enjoy everything in God. Giving thanks. Changing our perspective to an eternal one. We must also learn to fear God. The knowledge of God produces the fear of God which produces obedience to God. Ecclesiastes 12: 13-14 says, "That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad."
Our teacher said, "God is a gentleman…he always gives you what you want, but if you want the things of this world you will never be satisfied…and if you reach out to satisfy yourself with the things of this world they will always go out of reach and you will never be satisfied" Hevel, hevel, everything is hevel. It won't last, it clouds our view of life, and it will never satisfy us.
If you are interested in viewing my notes the link is below.
On Friday I, with a few other students, got to hand out Operation Christmas Child boxes at a school in a town an hour away. We didn't get to watch them open them, but it was a unique experience to get to be on the other side of the project! To all of you who pack boxes I can tell you that they make a difference. They allow for outreach that wasn't there before. In that town they had 3x as many children at their children's program the next day. Here in Ersekë a children's program was started because the boxes were handed out. God uses these boxes. An even greater testimony is that one of our students received a box when she was young and that was the start of her faith journey. So thank you! (We couldn't take photos of the students, but here are a couple of the process)