9 Things Youth Can't Know

Youth don't stop, few are able to cease from their play. The elderly do stop, less able to play. There is a health between them both.

Reflection has been stolen from the western world. The way of the monk holds little respect, the cave dweller is labelled 'lazy'. But these souls gain much in solitude and find no angst in poverty.

Upon that less worn path I learned:

  1. Pride pursues the ambitious, it seeks to snatch them away.
  2. Climb mountains with energy and diligence - enjoy the rewards of your labors at the summit but do not tarry long, for at the summit pride is found. Descend in haste lest the soul be lost.
  3. The soul that is sent to heaven will surely have feet that follow it.
  4. Number your days aright, for this is a measured humbling - a roof of wisdom. Knowing we are going to die teaches us how to live.
  5. Do not count your children or your grand children for they are not of you but a gift of the Lord.
  6. Tomorrow always comes and yesterday has always been - enjoy today. Lament not for yesterday and note expectantly tomorrow still awaits its appointed time.
  7. Know the will of God, search His heart so that yours and His may meet before you meet.
  8. Enjoy a little with your brother or friend rather than a feast with your enemy, that your days may not be cut short.
  9. Of learning and books there is no end, like-wise devotion. But seek devotion, it far surpasses them both.

The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails – given by one shepherd. Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body. (Ecclesiastes 12:11-12)

Today's Soul Snippet:

Devotion is moving behind God's shield. for there alone is the place of safety and protection.

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