We can both enjoy God’s blessings and be a blessing to others.
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. Ecclesiastes 9:10
I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the cello. But I’ve never found the time to enroll in a class. Or, perhaps more accurately, I haven’t made the time for it. I had thought that in heaven I could probably master that instrument. In the meantime, I wanted to focus on using my time in the particular ways God has called me to serve Him now.
Life is short, and we often feel the pressure to make the most of our time on Earth before it slips away. But what does that really mean? 
As King Solomon contemplated the meaning of life, he offered two recommendations. First, we’re to live in the most meaningful way we can, which includes fully enjoying the good things God allows us to experience in life, such as food and drink (Ecclesiastes 9:7), clothing and perfume (v. 8 nlt), marriage (v. 9), and all of God’s good gifts—which might include learning how to play the cello! 
His second recommendation was diligent work (v. 10). Life is full of opportunities, and there is always more work to be done. We’re to take advantage of the opportunities God gives us, seeking His wisdom on how to prioritize work andplay in a way that uses our gifting to serve Him.  
Life is a wonderful gift from the Lord. We honor Him when we take pleasure both in His daily blessings and in meaningful service.
Father, thank You for this life You’ve given me. Help me to live this new year for You, enjoying Your blessings and fulfilling Your purposes.

Ecclesiastes 9:4-12   NIV

Anyone who is among the living has hope[a]—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion! 5 For the living know that they will die,but the dead know nothing;they have no further reward,and even their name is forgotten. 6 Their love, their hate and their jealousy have long since vanished;never again will they have a part in anything that happens under the sun. 7 Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. 8 Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. 9 Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days. For this is your lotin life and in your toilsome labor under the sun. 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead,where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. 11 I have seen something else under the sun:The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong,nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned;but time and chance happen to them all. 12 Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come:As fish are caught in a cruel net,or birds are taken in a snare,so people are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them.

传道书 9:4-12 

9 与一切活人相连的,那人还有指望,因为活着的狗比死了的狮子更强。 5 活着的人知道必死,死了的人毫无所知,也不再得赏赐,他们的名无人记念。 他们的爱、他们的恨、他们的嫉妒早都消灭了,在日光之下所行的一切事上,他们永不再有份了。7 你只管去欢欢喜喜吃你的饭,心中快乐喝你的酒,因为神已经悦纳你的作为。 8 你的衣服当时常洁白,你头上也不要缺少膏油。 9 在你一生虚空的年日,就是神赐你在日光之下虚空的年日,当同你所爱的妻快活度日,因为那是你生前,在日光之下劳碌的事上所得的份。 10 凡你手所当做的事,要尽力去做,因为在你所必去的阴间,没有工作,没有谋算,没有知识,也没有智慧。11 我又转念,见日光之下,快跑的未必能赢,力战的未必得胜,智慧的未必得粮食,明哲的未必得资财,灵巧的未必得喜悦,所临到众人的,是在乎当时的机会。12 原来人也不知道自己的定期:鱼被恶网圈住,鸟被网罗捉住,祸患忽然临到的时候,世人陷在其中,也是如此。



Ecclesiastes is a book about despair over the futility of life in a broken world. This idea is captured in Solomon’s repeated phrase, “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless” (1:2). But Ecclesiastes also offers hope in the midst of that futility. In chapter 3, Solomon says that God has put eternity in our hearts (v. 11). While fully engaging in the world and the times in which we live, followers of Christ can also look ahead to eternity with God.
校对:Rebecca Wei