DAY 21

6 I have seen another evil under the sun, and it weighs heavily on mankind: God gives some people wealth, possessions and honor, so that they lack nothing their hearts desire, but God does not grant them the ability to enjoy them, and strangers enjoy them instead. This is meaningless, a grievous evil.

A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity and does not receive proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he. It comes without meaning, it departs in darkness, and in darkness its name is shrouded. Though it never saw the sun or knew anything, it has more rest than does that man— even if he lives a thousand years twice over but fails to enjoy his prosperity. Do not all go to the same place?


1. Do you feel your contributions to a materially comfortable life are unappreciated by those who benefit from them?
2. Could this be because you spent the energy on providing for those you love, rather than investing in the relationship with those you love?

3. What can you do today in order to turn towards mending the relationship?


If you fit the bill as described by Solomon, pray God would help you prioritize the relationship with the people in your life above the work you do on their behalf.