“Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is for one to eat and drink, and to find enjoyment in all the labor in which he labors under the sun all the days which God gives him—for this is his [allotted] part. Also, every man to whom God has given riches and possessions, and the power to enjoy them and to accept his appointed lot and to rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God [to him].” Ecclesiastes 5:18-19 ->me: Before this verse there are 8 verses (10-17) that characterize the secular pursuit of wealth -> self-damaging, sorrowful, days of vexation, and loss of sleep. God gives a different kind of wealth and power -> the wealth and power of enjoyment. Our choice rests in the acceptance of the style of life God apportions to us and the God-given nature of all wealth. I must be in control of my attitude to wealth rather than my attitude of wealth being in control of me (Philippians 4:12-13). The worldly person may live a life of drudgery; but for the God-centered man it will be very different. It is not that a God-centered life will be so quiet that nothing memorable happens but that life will be so preoccupied with hope in eternity with Him that the vanity of life will be almost forgotten. Not entirely forgotten since life’s brevity is still kept in mind, but not so much so as to lose sleep. God, help me to control my attitude toward earthly provisions. You have blessed my family and I with so much – help me to continually stay engaged in your plan to gather to yourself the lot of nations before your Son returns. My problems are so small compared to the solution of Your grace and mercy.