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Having spent over six of the past eleven years working with high school students, I have been feeling old for quite awhile.

Lately, though, what I feel even more than old, is envy.

I don’t wish for their age on their driver’s license, what I envy is their idealism.

If you look up idealist in any dictionary, you will find synonyms like

visionary. dreamer. romantic. optimist.

If you look up the antonym (opposite) of idealist, you will find

realist. pragmatic.

not really motivating descriptors!

A teen can look at a problem, and issue, a goal and see it as possible. They do not see the inevitable

obstacles,

the costs,

the possible failure …

they see

the outcome,

the success,

the prize.

I am old … I struggle to see the prize clearly through my nearing-the-need-for-bifocals eyes.

When I look at a goal my eyes focus on a problem, an issue, a goal I immediately begin to envision the obstacles, costs and the other what-ifs that can lead to failure.

You see, at my great number of years, I have experience on my side, and that experience is what keeps me safe, protected …

ideal-free.

The experience of living life can create a survival instinct that prevents us from experiencing life fully.

That familiar quote, by that well-known scientist, Miss. Frizzle (the Magic School Bus), “take chances, make mistakes, get messy” needs to ring in my ears more often. I am afraid that I am becoming Arnold, the pragmatic on the show who always responded to her with “please let this be a normal field trip.”

I think that, if indeed King Solomon wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, he was definitely not young when he did so. A reading of the third chapter, which is a constant contrast of opposites (a time to live and die, mourn and dance, to love and to hate) would ring familiar in the ears of any who has past the idealist, youthful years of life.

But the book, I believe, reminds us to live fully, maybe even idealistically, in the final chapter:

Honor and enjoy your Creator while you’re still young … Life, lovely while it lasts, is soon over.
Life as we know it, precious and beautiful, ends.”
Ecclesiastes 12:1,6

Though we may feel old, we do not have life old.

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And we have entered the fall season!

I am not sure what the weather has been like where you live, but it has made an obvious change in the Pacific Northwest. I see cocooning in this weekend for me, as the forecast is rain, rain and more rain!

Perhaps yours is the same, and you too are planning on snuggling up with a warm drink, and a book … or a blog! Well, have I got a blog for you!

The best, most viewed post of this week was not written by myself, but was written by my daughter, for a Bible class. When I read it, I asked if I could share it, and she gave her permission. I know that I am totally unbiased, as her mom, but her post, A Time to be Born and a Time to Die, is fabulous!

The other posts for the week were:

Words on a Screen

Save the Environment

Something From Nothing

Ways He Says I Love You

Blessings to you this day,
Carole

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The beautiful poetry of the contrasts in Ecclesiastes 3 is almost like a lullaby, gentle and predictable. Beautiful, though it may be, this portion of scripture is also a reminder of the ‘ying and yang’ of life, of blessings and curses, of beginnings and endings.

The first comparison, “a time to be born, and a time to die …” is the most basic beginning and ending, and it is here that I want to spend some time.

After months of begging, those who were born to me have finally started to hand me their ‘guest post thoughts’ for me to share.

Today, my middle daughter,

the people-loving,
driver-learning,
last-minute planning,
gentle-hearted feeling,
I’ll-try-anything-once,
favorite red-head daughter is sharing her thoughts … on being born, and dying. I think she has brilliantly reflected on this reminder of the cycle and circle of life … of course, I am her mom 😉 .

Reflections on Ecclesiastes 3:2a

“A time to be born and a time to die.

For us as humans, we all have a time when we are birthed into the life God gave us, and then another time where we all will die. This is the same for each and every person on earth, every living thing God created.

Ever.

So, we aren’t the only ones who have to go through this circle of life. We aren’t the only ones who are gonna go through life, saying hello and goodbye to others. We will all feel the brute of death, and we will all feel the joy of life- and those are what make our lives so meaningful and important.

To think that God made each and every person you come across, that he’s made people you will never meet ever in your lifetime, that he’s planned out who is going to come into your life- it is that fact that should truly shock you, and leave you awestruck.

God has created so much for his children. So much for such little praise. He always provided, even in the smallest of ways. And we still never notice how unending his love is for us!

God’s love is truly unfathomable, and most of the time, we don’t give him a second look.

God made the sun, moon and stars. He created this place, earth, that we call home. He created US.

He birthed the sun into it’s seemingly infinite existence, and yet it will cease to be when he comes to bring his children to heaven. Isn’t is ironic how he also gave his one and only son life, just so the son could die in order to give us a continuance of life in heaven? All stories have a beginning, and all stories, no matter how many sequels, prequels, and series there are.

Your story is the only exception. His grace has given you an infinite epilogue.”

“Whatever is has already been,
and what will be has been before;
and God will call the past to account.”
Ecclesiastes 3:15

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