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*Words of wisdom for inspirational thought are at the end of the story!
A LESSON FROM EVE
In Genesis Chapter 1 of the Holy Bible, God created the heavens and the earth. God created day and night. God created land and water. Over the next five days God created all nature and all animals, and God continually said, “It is good.” Then on the sixth day, God created human beings.
Genesis Chapter 1 Verses 27- 31 states, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild beasts that move upon the earth.’ And God said, ‘Behold I have given you every herb yielding seek, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree which bears fruit yielding seed; to you it shall be for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creeps upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for food’ and it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”
Everything was not just good, but very good.
Genesis Chapter 2 Verses 16-17: “...of every tree of the Garden you may freely eat; But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat; for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
The Garden of Eden was filled with an abundance of luscious, desirable fruits. Eve freely enjoyed any of the fruits in the Garden except for the one fruit that God instructed not to be eaten, let alone touched, so as not to die. Instead of resting in a state of thankfulness for all of the fruits she could freely partake of, Eve put her attention and sights on the one fruit she could not partake of. The more she thought about it, the more she desired it.
Genesis Chapter 3 Verse 6: “So when Eve saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and that the tree was delightful to look at, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat…”
Eve succumbed to temptation, the lure of “what I don’t have,” the thought “the grass is so much greener on the other side.” She had yet to learn all that glitters is not gold and that you cannot judge a book by its cover. Eve focused on what she did not have instead of being thankful for what she did have. She focused on the negative instead of the positive, and ended up gaining the fruit, but losing the garden. Take a lesson from Eve: Living in state of thankfulness creates far more rewards than living in a state of want.
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EACH AND EVERY DAY
LOOK FOR THE BLESSINGS
THAT COME YOUR WAY
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