Time flies! 

Time seems to accelerate as we get older. 

Many of us, especially as we age, gauge 

the passage of time expectedly, thoughtfully, 

retrospectively and gratefully. In other words, 

we look at time, right now, and assess how 

quickly time is passing by at this moment, and

 we also look back and assess how fast yesterday 

or last week went by. 

Many think of life in terms of where did all the 

time go? Looking back at history brings mixed 

emotions and humble thankfulness. When we 

think how fast time goes by and how precious and 

impermanent each moment is... the temporariness 

has the ability to simplify, clarify, and shift our

 perceptions and approach to life. 

People of all ages usually have this gut-reaction 

and wonderment as well.

Every thought, feeling, emotion and situation in life 

is temporary. There is nothing that we have in this

 life guaranteed, with the exception of change.

Whatever our perception of time might be... 

it's temporary. 

NOW is the time to seek God, 

be grateful, walk in our calling, 

savor new experiences, 

and use our lives wisely! 

Right now is temporary. Once this moment is gone, 

we cannot bring it back.

Many people strive for...

Living the good life.

When it comes to our achievements, some feel they hold

some sort of clout in the Kingdom of God that trumps 

Jesus, Who should be the ultimate desire of their hearts. 

Our culture’s egotistical reality and their unhealthy 

preoccupation with status and success can corrupt 

God-honoring aspirations through systems that 

reward self-aggrandizement over charity, and 

egocentricity over humility.

Worldly possessions can bring us a measure of 

worldly stability and security; however, things of 

the world have only fleeting value. 

Some have compromised their integrity for a perceived

 greater good. What can be seen and touched... 

will not last.

We must set our trajectory upon God rather 

than our own self-aggrandizement.

Every thought, feeling, emotion and situation 

in life is temporary. 

By thinking a new thought, we can often feel 

a new feeling, it's all temporary.

Feelings change as dynamically as our needs change, 

it's all temporary.

Emotions are also temporary. That's why they are 

called emotional states, it's all temporary.

Every situation in life... they are all temporary.

Far too often, we trade the pursuit of lasting 

fulfillment for instant gratification... 

a temporary thrill. 

There is a grievous evil which I have seen 

under the sun: riches being kept and hoarded

 by their owner to his own misery. For when 

those riches are lost in bad investments and he 

becomes the father of a son, then there is nothing

 in his hand [for the support of the child]. 

As he came naked from his mother’s womb, 

so he will return as he came; and he will take

away nothing from all his labor that he can 

carry in his hand. 

Ecclesiastes 5:13-15

More money = greater happiness?

It is easy to allow temporary things to consume all 

of our energy and efforts and become more of 

harsh taskmaster... than a luxury. 

 Self-centered desires can rob us

 of true joy and happiness. 

The temporary can cause one's emotions to teeter

 fiercely at times. Sadly, many people have 

remained unfulfilled and wondered why their 

lives, regardless of their lot in life,


still comes up empty.

He who loves money will not be satisfied with 

money, nor he who loves abundance with its gain.

 This too is vanity (emptiness). When good things 

increase, those who consume them increase. So 

what advantage is there to their owners except to

 see them with their eyes? The sleep of a working

 man is sweet, whether he eats little or much;but 

the full stomach (greed) of the rich [who hungers 

for even more] will not let him sleep.

Ecclesiastes 5:10-12

“If you make a habit of buying things 

you do not need,

 you will soon be selling things you do.” 

 Filipino Proverb

There are valuable pursuits available to us:

God, love, justice, faith, 

compassion, contribution, 


just to name a few. These should be pursued 

with great fervor. 

One can do many things without God such as:

acquire wealth, start a business, get an education,

buy cars, homes, etc., but we truly believe that...

true peace, joy, and fulfillment in our lives can only be 

realized... when God is at the helm of our lives.

God does not want our things. God wants our heart. 

Our things, however noble, cannot justify deformation

 of the soul.

What is contentment? 

Money can’t buy it, and poverty doesn’t give it.

Contentment comes from being satisfied and 

thankful for who you are and where you find 

yourself in life. 

When the good life is 

separated from the God life...

it is futile and meaningless.

Many are 

Spiritually hungry, 

in this land of plenty... and will 

remain unfulfilled without God. 

He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor 

he who loves abundance with its gain. This too is vanity 

(emptiness). When good things increase, those who 

consume them increase. So what advantage is there to 

their owners except to see them with their eyes? The sleep 

of a working man is sweet, whether he eats little or much; 

but the full stomach (greed) of the rich [who hungers for 

even more] will not let him sleep.

There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: 

riches being kept and hoarded by their owner to his own 

misery. For when those riches are lost in bad investments 

and he becomes the father of a son, then there is nothing 

in his hand [for the support of the child]. As he came 

naked from his mother’s womb, so he will return as he 

came; and he will take away nothing from all his labor 

that he can carry in his hand.

Ecclesiastes 5:10-15

 God has no ending, but the 

universe does.

 We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty 

handed as on the day we were born. 

We can't take our riches with us.

Ecclesiastes 5:15

What we leave behind us at death:

1. Our worldly goods.

2. Our reputation. The reputation for wisdom or folly, for

 integrity or dishonesty, for kindness or severity, which our

 life has been building up, death cannot destroy, through

 whatever experiences we may then pass. We must be

 content to leave that behind to be associated with our

 name in the memories of all men.

3. The influence for good or evil we exerted on human 


4. Wise counsel: Wise counsel that should save our loved 

ones from grave mistakes, and guide them to living an 

upright, God-fearing life.

What we take with us.

1. Our faith in God.

May we always remember and never forget:

Possessions are not permanent...

We can appreciate our money, fame, success, and 

possessions more by not allowing them to define us 

or become a horrible taskmaster who owns our soul.

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