Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Everyone's Looking for Purpose in Life

Everyone's looking for purpose in life. Many seek it in their work. Others seek it in their good deeds. Others seek it in their friendships, the clubs they belong to, the spouse or children they have (or wish they had). Some look for purpose and meaning in their toys, cash flow, stocks and bonds, or clothes hanging in their closet.

Few know where true meaning is found, and yet it's no secret. There was a king who searched for meaning in every conceivable way. And he could do it--he had the funds and the power to try it all.
  • He searched for meaning in wisdom and found that the same fate overtook both wisdom and folly.
  • He sought for meaning in toil and discovered that, for all his hard work, he only had pain and grief to show for it.
  • He tried to find meaning in riches but discovered that whoever loves wealth is never satisfied.
  • He found no meaning in multiple wives and concubines finding that they became a snare to him.
King Solomon looked for meaning in ways average people like us can only "dream of." And he was gracious to share his findings with us: nothing worked. What gives life meaning, he concluded, is to embrace God's plan for mankind.

If you are struggling to find meaning in your life, struggle no longer. The best and brightest among us, i.e., King Solomon, has done the research and has found the answer.

"Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.
For God will bring every word into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil."
~ Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

You can continue to follow every rabbit trail looking for meaning in life or you can learn from King Solomon that they are all dead ends. On this earth all is vanity except for having a proper relationship with the God who made you and loves you.

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