The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:
says the Teacher.
Everything is meaningless.”
What do people gain from all their labors
at which they toil under the sun?
Generations come and generations go,
but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises and the sun sets,
and hurries back to where it rises.
The wind blows to the south
and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,
ever returning on its course.
All streams flow into the sea,
yet the sea is never full.
To the place, the streams come from,
there they return again.
All things are wearisome,
more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
nor the ear its fill of hearing.
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which one can say,
“Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.
No one remembers the former generations,
and even those yet to come
will not be remembered
by those who follow them.
As I read these words multiple times my perception was nothing short of, “what’s the purpose of this passage?”
Realize this, whatever you focus on, it expands. If your aim in this life is to claim the absolute value of possession, fame, unkindness, self-serving or seeking your own pleasures, you will inherently acquire mere emptiness. Everything in life is subject to change. Today we fall prey to the “comparison trap”. Is not comparing to others “things”, “words”, or “lifestyle” meaningless? What do you gain by comparing? If your gain is achieved, it is temporary, it will ultimately be canceled out by death. Not necessarily by way of loss of human life, but also be used in the context of a closed door, a loss of job, or a loss of a marriage. Something that has ended and will no longer be available has been leveled to the point of death…gone.
“Of all I have ever seen or learned, that book seems to me the noblest, the wisest, and the most powerful expression of man’s life upon this earth—and also the highest flower of poetry, eloquence, and truth. I am not given to dogmatic judgments in the matter of literary creation, but if I had to make one I could say that Ecclesiastes is the greatest single piece of writing I have ever known, and the wisdom expressed in it the most lasting and profound.” (American novelist, Thomas Wolfe)
So, what do we take from this message? While we all have different paths, hardships, unexpected circumstances, I believe that no battle is beyond Grace, no path is beyond repair. No matter how deeply you bury the pain, the scars are always there as a reminder that will surface at some time in your path. It’s what you focus on that expands. Focus on the scars, they come to life, focus on the mountain, it appears bigger. Focus on God, and your life is transformed into the great experience of life that He has for you.
The message above shows us that regardless of our lifestyle, our circumstances, life is meaningless. So how can this be a positive message? I believe what is spoken in the most honest and transparent way is that we, in our human condition do not want to see the validity of the message as it relates to our own lives.
You see wounded…God sees mended
Add passion from your heart and core to your life, fulfill the dreams you have according to Gods plan and He will watch you soar! Rejoice in whatever gift God gave you and stop comparing the meaningless. Enjoy life in the present moment, everything is ordered in time and people are subject to time in contrast to God’s eternal character.
Wisdom is seeking God, folly is chasing the wind
May a Garment of Grace be over you,
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