Chapter-a-Day Ecclesiastes 2

Party on. I said to myself, "Let's go for it—experiment with pleasure, have a good time!" But there was nothing to it, nothing but smoke. Eccesiastes 2:1 (MSG)

My college age daughter left this past Saturday. She's flying to the other side of the world where she is going to work with the poor and the handicapped and to share the love of Jesus. She has been faithfully raising funds, studying and praying in preparation for her trip. She wants to make a difference in the world. I'm proud of her.

She had a weekend at home before she left and she hooked up with all of her high school friends who were back home from their freshman year at college. It was then that it struck her how different her path was from theirs. She listened to them talk about their indulgences with pleasure and freedom. I imagine their attitude was much like Solomon's as he searched for meaning in life. She left feeling a bit sad and alienated, I think.

I see plenty of people still chasing after pleasure and hoping that, this time, it might fill the void in their hearts. I watch men and women climb the social ladder and accumulate the biggest, fastest, newest, best stuff. Yet, the emptiness remains in their eyes as you talk to them.

I don't want to live for that which is smoke and spitting into the wind.

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One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Ecclesiastes 2”

  1. 24-26 The best you can do with your life is have a good time and get by the best you can. The way I see it, that’s it—divine fate. Whether we feast or fast, it’s up to God. God may give wisdom and knowledge and joy to his favorites, but sinners are assigned a life of hard labor, and end up turning their wages over to God’s favorites. Nothing but smoke—and spitting into the wind.
    This pretty much sums up how I feel about life. God is in charge, He wants us to enjoy life, yet remember why we are here. If we spin our wheels too much, focusing on self, its like spitting into the wind. Remember the purpose and everything else follows.

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