If I had money and time to do everything I wanted to get the most out of life, what do I perceive as being most rewarding. Perhaps I would pursue one or more of the following:

  1.  Gain wisdom, common sense, judgement, knowledge, educational degrees.

  2.  Good works, great projects, build bridges, libraries, gardens, statues, memorials

  3.  Amass silver, gold, treasures of art

  4.  Great achievement in art, pictures, crafts, dance, singers

  5.  Enjoy a great work ethic, put my shoulder to the wheel, labor and toil

  6.  Eat, drink, and be merry, harem, slaves, pleasure, laughter, and wine

Solomon, in the book of Ecclesiastes, tells of having tried the above styles of life and found them all to be a whistling of the wind, foolish, folly, meaningless, useless, and vain. “Vanity, vanity, all is vanity,” says he.

So what is his answer?  Remember now the Creator in the days of your youth before bad times fall, old age comes on, and you return to the ground from which you came.  Everything else is meaningless!

“Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”

Prompt “perceptions of life”  by Michelle Cook  September Writing Prompts

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. calensariel says:

    You got me with this one, girlfriend! I was looking at your list liking ALL those options! Oh dear! 😦

  2. Dawn Marie says:

    That was a great twist, Oneta!! I loved how you wove God’s true intention for us into your post, just like a strong woolen rug!

  3. Faye says:

    Thank you. God’s true intention indeed. The story of Solomon reminds us all how fruitless the search without God. Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season. A time for every purpose under heaven. Let’s make the most of every day. It is a Gift!. Blessings!

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