give it your all

Whatever your hand finds to do, do with your might; for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.

Ecclesiastes 9:10

We should not care to be in anything halfway. We’re either in fully, or not in at all. That should make us think twice about a lot of our commitments, really any commitment. After all, we can only do so much anyhow. And if the good set forth and our desire match, or necessity comes upon us within basic commitments we humans have, then we need to follow through.

The words of Qoheleth here are within the framework Qoheleth sets throughout the book of Ecclesiastes, that life on the face of it is absurd, that we should enjoy what is given to us, here: give it our all, but realize that in the end it is a fleeting, meaningless, and ultimately vain endeavor. That is, life “under the sun,” in this present existence. The one who ends the book points us to the fear of God and obedience to God’s commandments in light of God’s judgment to come.

We have to sift through this book, finding the wisdom present in the midst of a much less than idyllic view of life, rather down in the mouth. But there are some bright spots throughout, along with most memorable ones. And this is one of those moments where some light is shone in the limited canvas of Qoheleth.

We need to give it our all. Whatever it is we’re to do, set in front of us. Hopefully with wisdom, not chasing our tail so to speak, or running ourselves ragged. Understanding what we’re to do and what we’re to leave alone. Pursuing this course day after day, along with some special times of rest and rest throughout. In and through Jesus.