Week 12: Secrets To A Productive And Enjoyable Life

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Ecclesiastes 11:1–10
Chapter 21: Be Bullish (11:1–6)
Chapter 22: Enjoying Life Now, Not Later (11:7–10)

 

We need balance in our lives. Some people concentrate so much on being productive and achieving something … they seem to have no enjoyment of life. Others are so consumed with enjoying life that they seem to waste opportunities to invest in being productive for God’s Kingdom. God has designed our lives to be both productive and enjoyable.

BIG IDEA:
BY OPPORTUNISTIC FAITH AND JOYFUL CONTENTMENT WE CAN LIVE BOTH A PRODUCTIVE AND ENJOYABLE LIFE

I. (:1-6) FIVE SECRETS TO A PRODUCTIVE LIFE – EXERCISING OPPORTUNISTIC FAITH

  1. (:1) Aggressively Invest Your Resources for the Widest Possible Blessing
    1. Counsel: Strategically Bless as Many People as Possible
    2. Promise: Patiently Look for God to Bear the Fruit
  2. (:2) Wisely Allocate Your Resources Across Different Ventures
    1. Counsel: Strategically Spread Your Resources
    2. Caution: Misfortune May Hit Where You Least Expect It
  3. (:3-4) Take Reasonable Risks – Not waiting for ideal circumstances (Chiastic Structure: A B B A)
    1. Certain Obstacles are Inevitable – Deal with Them
      1. Expected Cause and Effect Relationships
      2. Isolated and Unpredicted Events – Wind knocks down trees
    2. Don’t Let Future Uncertainties Rob You of Present Productivity
      1. Sow while there is opportunity
      2. Reap while there is opportunity
  4. (:5) Don’t Try to Unscrew the Inscrutable
  5. E. (:6) Seize Every Opportunity for Productive Living

II. (:7-10) FOUR SECRETS TO AN ENJOYABLE LIFE – PRACTICING JOYFUL CONTENTMENT SEASON BY SEASON

  1. (:7) Appreciate Every Day You are Alive
  2. (:8) Prepare for Death — by Counting Your Blessings Every Day
  3. (:9) Pursue Your Dreams — Take Advantage of Each Season of Life – Yet with Balance Guarding Against Indulgence
  4. (:10) Practice Contentment — Try to Mitigate Emotional and Physical Distractions