Mt. Everest 

Ecclesiastes 6:3

3A 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.

Melting glaciers on Mount Everest are revealing the bodies of dead climbers and unlocking the deadly mountain’s gruesome secrets. Everest has claimed the lives of almost 300 climbers since the first attempt to conquer the mountain in 1921, and two-thirds of whom are buried in the mountain’s ice and snow. The ice sheet and glaciers are fast melting, and the dead bodies that remained buried all these years are now exposed. A government official who had retrieved about 10 dead bodies from the mountain in recent years said that “clearly more and more of them are emerging now.

Spending plentiful amount of time and money for a deadly expedition, is it worth the risk? What for? Glory, popularity, or opportunity to attract possible sponsors! Nonetheless, whatever attractive reasons mountain climbers have, it supports the idea of what King Solomon said that a stillborn is better off than those who can’t enjoy their achievements. It’s popular idea that achievement is coveted reward of success. Yet, many achievers are never satisfied with what they’ve got. They just want to have a little bit more. Why?

It says in Ecclesiastes 5:19, 19Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.

Temporary things can excite temporarily. Long-lasting enjoyment comes from eternally satisfied God. Truly, to have more is far better than to have nothing at all but isn’t it futile to achieve many things but can’t enjoy them? Ask God for the ability to enjoy achievements.

Lord Jesus, grant me the ability to enjoy what I achieved.

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