SUMMARY: The cynic
OVERVIEW: The teacher experimented with pleasure, projects, and wealth and found them all meaningless.
BIG IDEA: God gives wisdom, pleasure, and knowledge to those who seek him.
KEY VERSE: Ecclesiastes 2:11
But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Many explored paths to find fulfillment and satisfaction before you were born, and many will try after your time on earth. Solomon and others put all their efforts, energies, and resources into those things that promise joy. The pursuit of pleasure is a popular one. Others have amassed significant quantities of money, talents, or unique gifts, seeking happiness and meaning. Some have focused on the arts and brought beauty into their home or invested in landscaping their property. There is joy and pleasure found in all of these things. It just does not last.
If you are going to chase after the wind, do so with a smile. Invite others to share the experience. But there is so much more I can offer. I want you to experience life in community, but I want to be your goal and destination. Take time to pause today and look for me. I am with you. Put your time and energy into honoring me. Seek me and serve me as you work or play.
When tempted to pout and complain about your place in this world, find one or more reasons to give thanks and share your gratitude with God.