This is the first time I'm posting an actual sermon here on my weblog. Last sunday's sermon (in Nieuwegein by Smelik) was full of sane reflection and practical advice, also quite readable I guess for the non-christians in the audience :-) Those with a bible might want to take a quick peek at Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 (Dutch: Spreuken 11:1-6). Any numbers below point to those verses.
Ecclesiastes, according to wikipedia emphatically proclaims all the actions of man to be inherently "vain", "futile", "empty", "meaningless", "temporary", "transitory", or "fleeting," depending on translation. There's so much in peoples' lives that suddenly pops after putting in a lot of effort. And to top it off: at the end you die, so how much use is there in your effort? Perhaps surprisingly, the second conclusion is "so make sure you enjoy yourself and enjoy life". Dare to live!
Jesus gave his life for people. That's quite the ultimate investment in others! Christians believe that even that deadly investment payed off: He got his investement money (=His life) back after three days and a Huge Whopping Interest on top of it: enough to pay for everyone's sins (on the provision that you accept that payment).
There's a saying in the bible that "those who wish to retain their life shall lose it and those that give it away shall keep it". Dare to live. Take some risk. "Know that your efforts are not in vain".
My name is Reinout van Rees and I work a lot with Python (programming language) and Django (website framework). I live in The Netherlands and I'm happily married to Annie van Rees-Kooiman.
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