Monday, August 29, 2005

Affirmations 3:1 - 20 (STRIV)

All quotations are from the Standard-Text Revised International Version (STRIV), unless otherwise noted.

[3] 1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for all things under Heaven:

2 a time to be born and a time to rejoice over birth,
a time to plant and a time to water,
3 a time to heal and a time to recover,
a time to build and a time to assemble,
4 a time to laugh and a time to giggle,
a time to dance and a time to be drunk,
5 a time to feel good and a time to feel even better,
a time to love and a time to embrace,
6 a time to compliment others and a time to receive compliments.

7 What does the worker gain from his toil? I have seen the workmen at the end of the day, tired, yet proud of their achievements, proud of the labor they put into their work, 8 and rejoicing in the opportunity to be employed. 9 For God has made everything beautiful in its own time, and all people are in their appointed stations. 10 Work is a delight in itself, and overcoming obstacles causes us all, rich or poor, free or slave, to develop our sense of self-worth. 11 There is nothing better than for a man to be joyful while working to serve his master.

12 Then I turned my thoughts to wisdom,
and also decoration and leisure,
13 which is a very good thing.a
14 No home, I saw, is beyond the need
for decoration and cleaning,
and no dwelling is perfectly painted.
15 Just as light is better than darkness,
so too is expensive cheese and wine
better than cheap.

16 "Am I wise?" I asked myself.
And the answer came: "Yes, you are most wise,
17 you are beautiful, you attract positive energy
to yourself all day long, 18 and
when you sleep, your problems melt away.
19 No obstacle comes against you which cannot be overcome,
and you learn from all adversity which comes against you.
20 People find you attractive, and good company,
and you know all that you need to know."

a 13 Some mss.: and that's a very good thing.



At 1:43 PM, Blogger stan said...

Wow. What a nice book.

Religion would be more like this, except for the problem that a religion like this would give worshipers no motive to tithe. Or maybe I'm wrong? Would people pay to be told life was already perfect?

At 6:18 PM, Blogger Jessi Guilford said...

Well, some of them already do, so I think it could work.

I thought it might be nice to cut back on the gore and death and doom. Expect more of Affirmations later on.


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