18 This is what I have seen to be good: it is fitting to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of the life God gives us; for this is our lot. 19 Likewise all to whom God gives wealth and possessions and whom he enables to enjoy them, and to accept their lot and find enjoyment in their toil—this is the gift of God. 20 For they will scarcely brood over the days of their lives, because God keeps them occupied with the joy of their hearts.
Why do we work? What are the "fruits of our labors" so to speak? These are two of the questions on the mind of the author of Ecclesiastes. This author has seen great wealth and has experienced many other wealthy people who worked simply to amass more and more and more. He points out that if we do not take time to intentionally enjoy our labors, then life will simply pass us by.
Eat. Drink. Find Enjoyment in our toil. What a wonderful message as we stand on the verge of a summer that affords many of us more time to do just that. What are we doing to enjoy the fruit of our labor? The scriptures invite us to ask ourselves this, lest we watch life pass us by.