Much that man conjures from his worldly ways, is instigated through the meaningless pursuits of vanity, believing he is greater than others and abhorring the understanding that even he needs a redeemer from such sinful ways.
Gold and glory become the goal post and if not achieved in its own time, the fall is costly. If achieved and lost the fall is crushing. But to seek me first, to plant your seed of thanksgiving as you rise and know that I have blessed your day, is to enjoy each moment filled of spiritual gifts. Life is then given to joyful labor, to rejoice and enjoy the fruit there of. If labor is endured only to the end reward, then what is a day but a burden? What folly it is to toil without joy but with eyes only on what toil acquires.
Yet I would that you prosper in all you put your hand to, committing your works to me that I may set your ways. If a full day of striving were taken in the strides of a righteous worker, why would I not cause your seed to abundance? Keep careful thought of each moment’s motive. Yes, to plant is to plan, yet keeping your eyes on the prize of eternal life rather than the prize of gold or noble anointment is to be gracious.
Your thankfulness and praise of the riches of the earth are wonderful, for the beauty is to be enjoyed of no cost. The stars I scattered across the skies are for all eyes. The birds fly where they may and all may hear their song. Keep from shouldering greater and unnecessary burdens that your eyes be always to the ground, for then you will miss the true riches of life that abound for those with eyes to seek them.
Bless others with your spiritual prayers, without seeking recompense, for that is of me, your father who sees and knows all your utterances whether of words or thoughts. Redeem the time, not wallowing in past disturbances that steal your thoughts and energy, but looking forward, striding with strength, a spring in your steps that propels to a gracious and grace filled life.
Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God. Ecclesiastes 5:19