_"Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains for ever."(Ecclesiastes 1:2-4)_

*Life is a Gift*

_*Life is a gift from God and it is a priceless gift, because only God can give life. We came at a time and we shall all return at a time. What you do with the life that you have is very important because it will contribute to the reward you will get in the end.*_

*Honour God with your life*

_When you understand that life is a gift, you will appreciate God the giver of life, honour Him always and serve Him with all your heart and you will also value the life that is given and make the best use of it as long as you can._

*This Life is Limited*

_*One thing about this life we have is that it is limited and it will end someday, therefore, we must use it wisely so as to be able to gain admittance into another life that will never end when this eartly life comes to an end.*_

*Work for Heaven On Earth*

_We must live this life with the consciousness that there is another better life after this place, therefore, we must use everyday of our life here on earth to work for that place. We must not let the pleasures of this life hold us bound and make us forget its temporality._

*Look Beyond the Physical world*

_*A true Christian and follower of Christ must always look beyond the physical world. Everything in this life is passing away. We must not get too attached and cozy and forget where we are going to. All that we see here are vanities and will all pass away, therefore, live your life as a pilgrim and stay focused and watchful in doing those things that will help you gain access to our eternal homeland on the last day.*_

*Heaven is the goal*

_Heaven is the goal always for those who love God and follow Him. This world is not our home. Do not get distracted, shine your eyes always and keep loving God and your neighbour and your place will be guaranteed when the time comes to depart from this earth. Do not be like Herod who wants to remain a king forever in this life and was ready to kill to actualize his mission. Let love lead the way and you will make heaven someday._

_*Good morning dearest one. Smile😊as you do your work and do have a beautiful day. May Jesus give you the grace to do your best to make heaven on the last day. Amen. And may the Almighty God bless you: the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.*_

*Meditation:* Ecclesiastes 1:2-11/Psalm 90:3-6,12-14/Luke 9:7-9

*Watch-Word:* Vanity of Vanities, All is Vanity.

*Work for heaven, live for heaven and you will forever be happy in the end.*

(Thursday of the twenty-fifth week in the ordinary time. Year II)

*© Rev. Fr. Augustine Eleke*