Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thoughts to Chew On


I've been studying Proverbs 31 and the book of Ecclesiastes.

I noticed something very interesting.

The relationships depicted in the life of the P31 woman are
• her husband • servants/maidens
• poor, needy • community/merchants
•those in her household
• her children

No where (that I could see) does it speak of her relationship with "friends."

Hmmm.

Then I looked at Ecc 1:16-2:17 and all the things that Solomon pursued.
Wisdom, madness, folly, mirth, pleasure, servants, building, making, riches, works, etc...

I made a list of how I pursue those things.
(For acquiring servants, I wrote buying appliances and things I think I need to help me around the house)

But then, I made a list of the things I pursue which are deeply satisfying to me.

I feel like I should know this already.
But instead I was very surprised that the things I find deeply satisfying are:

•my relationship and knowledge with God
•the relationships with my husband and children
•having my home in order
•and serving other people
• making things only if I then give them away

I realized that a lot of my other "pursuits" cause me to be more discontent and restless
than added to deep contentment.

No neat and tidy finish today-- just some observations.

Definitely, things to chew on...

edited to add:

Not seeing any evidence of the priority of female friendships in Proverbs 31
I did have this thought... about us wanting/craving relationships
and being draw to things like Twitter and Facebook.

I don't know about you but I find that the more time I spend on Facebook
the more dissatisfied I feel and the "hungrier" I am to make a connection with people.

If true satisfaction was found in those relationships, wouldn't a little go a long way and be deeply gratifying??

So many things feed discontentment and make something akin to a hungry monster that needs to be fed continually.  It seems to feed on  contact, generally light and superficial contact, with people. But because those are usually not with primary relationship and are generally superficial, 
they leave us with an emptiness and gnawing for something we can't place.

Maybe it's just me... I don't know...

Definitely things to think about and pray about and seek the Lord about...


4 comments:

Serious Cakes said...

Definitely not just you, I know exactly what you mean. I feel better after a night hanging out with friends at our table tennis club than a month on FB. lol, does that make sense?

TJ Sheldon said...

Wow, you hit the nail on the head! Thank you so much for this post!

The Director said...

Ooh, good word Mama :]

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

One of the things I like about FB is the connection with friends without taking much time away from my family.

I am with you on the deep and satisfying things. My very best days are the ones I spend at home!

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