"Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless!"
Ecclesiastes 1:2 (NIV)
To everything there is a season. A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, And a time to die;...
A time to break down, And a time to build up;
A time to weep And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, And a time to dance;...
A time to keep, And a time to throw away;...
A time to love, And a time to hate;
A time of war, And a time of peace.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2a, 3b-4, 6b, 8 (NKJV)
If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.
Ecclesiastes 11:4 (NLT)
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD,
thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
I will be found by you, says the LORD.
Jeremiah 29:11-14a (NKJV)
But because of His great love
for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved.
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast.
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:4-10 (NIV)
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us,
to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)