Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God.
There is nothing better than for people to eat and drink and to see the good in their hard work. These beautiful gifts, I realized, too, come from God’s hand
We work hard to create a better atmosphere for our children. We teach them what we know and instruct them in the way that they should go. Raising children is work! Our children are the good in our labor. The voice translation says beautiful gifts. Frustration is easily set in when we watch our children struggle or fail. We must realize that mistakes are necessary for the learning process. We have to use the circumstances as a teachable moment and move on. It is so important to celebrate the successes more than we dwell on the mistakes. As we learn to celebrate and enjoy our children, we will feel the frustration lift from our shoulders. This verse says there is nothing better than enjoying the good of our work. I want to live in this scripture. I know it sometimes feels that our children aren’t listening and they don’t get it. It seems the older they get, the more resistance we face. Trust me; they are catching more than you know. Just as you now sometimes hear your own mother come out of your own mouth, they are also having seeds planted that they might not realize are even there yet. When Jesus told the parable of the seed and the sower, the seed that fell on good ground produced fruit with patience. It takes time for God to perfect the word inside our children as well as in ourselves. It has to take root in our hearts and complete an internal process.
But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
But some people hear the message and let it take root deeply in receptive hearts made fertile by honesty and goodness. With patient dependability, they bear good fruit.
Here it says that the seed is fertilized with honesty and goodness. If we want the seeds to grow we must train our children in these areas and wait patiently to see the fruit. When it comes, we have to take time to enjoy and celebrate it. It comes from the hand of God!
Father we thank You that You take pleasure in our prosperity and love to see us grow. Help us also take pleasure in the prosperity in our own children as they become adults. Make us more aware in the things that we need to take time to enjoy. Forgive us for moving too fast that we are only seeing the areas that need to be corrected without recognizing the success. Give us patience in seeing the fruit produced by the seeds we’ve planted in our children. Help us train our children in honesty and goodness that the seeds in their heart may be fertilized. We thank you for the season that we are in. Help us find satisfaction in it even as we press forward to where You are taking us next. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!