“I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”
Many people spend their life “chasing after the wind.” Today we’ll look at the things in this life that hold meaning and what to consider in shifting your focus away from things that don’t truly matter.
Wisdom that increases sorrow
Every New Year, multitudes of people make resolutions for improvement over the next year. But of all the resolutions that are made – how many hold true meaning? In other words, in the grand scheme of all things – how important are some of these things we strive for, really?
The author of Ecclesiastes writes:
“And I set my mind to seek and explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on the sons of men to keep them occupied!”
– Ecclesiastes 1:14
What the author ultimately learned was that the more he became aware of the true reality of life in this world – it only left him feeling more grieved.
“For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.”
– Ecclesiastes 1:18
Chasing after the wind
The more we see the true picture of life, we begin to understand how truly powerless we are. All the “chasing after the wind” we do, in the end, doesn’t hold much meaning. We are all here for a short time, and mostly replaceable.
In one example, think of an employee who, having served with a company for a long time, believes themselves to be nearly irreplaceable. Yet, circumstances force layoffs, and the company survives without that person.
In an extreme example, think of the many terrorists who strap bombs on themselves, taking lives in a misguided belief they are changing the world. Yet, the world goes on without them and little changes as a result of the evil actions they believed mattered so greatly.
In yet another example, think of someone who was involved in a particular sport or occupation. That person completely connects their self-identity with that activity. In a flash, an accident or health problem renders them unable to participate in that activity ever again.
Suddenly, their identity is shaken. But what often happens is that the person affected realizes that what they put so much importance on – wasn’t so important after all. They move on and survive without it. Life goes on. That activity wasn’t who they truly were nor was it the sum of all things.
A meaningful New Year’s resolution
The most meaningful New Year’s resolution you can make is to connect with your creator and do the will of God. Seeking righteousness and salvation is the only human endeavor that holds the truest meaning.
To be the best we can be Jesus has already given us a resolution to follow:
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
What’s important in this life
Jesus reminds us that the afterlife is what truly matters, and while we are here in this life, these meaningful Bible verses spoken by Christ point out some of the important things:
“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
– Matthew 7:21