Sunday, November 7, 2010

NIPTO, Day 273

Hey y'all.
The rest of yesterday was fairly uneventful. We chillaxed. Ate a DEEEEELicious dinner. Watched an episode of Psych and Chicken Run. Then we went to BED. Gasp. It was before midnight. It was fantastic! haha
Got up this morning at a decent time. Got ready. Went to music. Played the first service. Went to Sunday School. Played the second service. Talked to people a little bit. Came home. Ate lunch. Drove to Giant Eagle and got gas and a newspaper. Drove home. Ate Oreos around the table with the chicas. Thennn we loaded their stuff up in the car and now I'm watching Monk with Meme! :)
Youth Group is soonish... so I probably won't finish this. But oh well. (I should also read... I still have homework to do. Don't tell Mom! haha) I actually don't have the brain power to finish this, so I'm going to read until I have to leave. And then I'll finish this when I get home.

Alrighty. I'm home. Youth group was... interesting. We played Mafia. I was one of the mafia during the first game and was a towns person the second game.
We watched a Rob Bell video and talked about it and then figured out who was bringing what to the Thanksgiving thingamajig in a couple weeks. Drove home... and now I'm home. Watching the Amazing Race and blogging.

Ecclesiastes 7:1-12
1 A good name is better than fine perfume,
   and the day of death better than the day of birth.

This section is on wisdom. 
A good name is... important. And the day you die is better than the day you are born. 

2 It is better to go to a house of mourning
   than to go to a house of feasting,
for death is the destiny of everyone;
   the living should take this to heart. 

This book does so much thinking about the future. The author has a "end" mindset. Everyone's going to die. And so we might as well think about it. We might as well take it to heart. 

3 Frustration is better than laughter,
   because a sad face is good for the heart.
4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,
   but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.
5 It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person
   than to listen to the song of fools.
6 Like the crackling of thorns under the pot,
   so is the laughter of fools.
   This too is meaningless.

Frustration is better than laughter... Not sure I can agree with that. I guess it's better in a way that laughter is "foolish," but being frustrated is not a fun thing. 
It does sometimes do a person good to be frustrated.
The wise person is able to mourn, the fool is not. The fool isn't able to mourn. They're always in the "house of pleasure."
It's better to heed the wise person than to listen to the fool. The laughter of fools is like thorns under a... pot? Okay. That's... meaningless. hahaha.

 7 Extortion turns a wise person into a fool,
   and a bribe corrupts the heart.
Extortion (blackmail) turns the wise person into a fool. Bribery corrupts. 

 8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning,
   and patience is better than pride.
9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit,
   for anger resides in the lap of fools.
10 Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?”
   For it is not wise to ask such questions.

The end is better than the beginning. Patience is better than pride. Patience is something that I struggle with... I want to go NOW. I want to be done with something NOW. Later is... tough.
Don't let yourself be provoked easily. Anger cuddles with the fool. Hah. 
Also, don't question whether the past was better than the present. If it was, it was. If it wasn't... then it wasn't. It can't be changed. Be wise and think about the present. And future. 

 11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing
   and benefits those who see the sun.
12 Wisdom is a shelter
   as money is a shelter,
but the advantage of knowledge is this:
   Wisdom preserves those who have it

Wisdom is like an inheritance. Sometimes you have to wait for it. And you get it from someone else. Wisdom is a shelter. Money is a shelter too. But the advantage of wisdom/knowledge is that it preserves those who have it. Awesome. 

And now I peace out and go to bed.
Peace out.

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