“So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me, for all is vanity and a striving after wind.”
Solomon was realizing that no matter how hard one worked everything they accomplished and obtained would be left behind one day to someone who never worked for it and on top of that they may be foolish and not really deserve it in his eyes. As you read the book of Ecclesiastes you see over and over how he carries on about how everything that you do on earth is vanity and meaningless but if you please God you can enjoy the good gifts of God so learn to follow Him while you are young.
For me the lesson I see over and over in all that he has to say in this book is that really all that truly matters in life is what we do for God. Our lives here are brief and we will one day spend eternity with God so which should we be striving more for: things we will leave behind here or the relationship we will have with God forever?
There’s nothing wrong with having nice things here on earth and there’s nothing wrong with enjoying life – God desires for us to enjoy our lives here, just don’t allow your desires to become the most important thing to you. Be sure that your biggest goals in life are to please and serve God in all that you do – make sure that is your measure for success! The only things that will last are the things we do for God.
Strive to make sure that your attitudes, goals and lifelong achievements are all run through your “God” filter. Will these things honor Him? If we set our hearts to please Him in all we do then when we leave this earth we can leave a heritage worth leaving behind. We can leave behind something that will still matter after we are gone. If our only goal is to please ourselves we will leave things behind but will it truly make a difference in the eternity of those who follow us? Allow God to set your goals, form your attitudes and determine your dreams for life. Choose to do all that you do in life in a way that will make a difference in eternity.
“It’s not the things we get, but the hearts we touch, that will measure our success in life.”