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The announcer exclaims…”You Can Have it All!” then we, like lemmings, start rushing toward the cliff chasing the newest, the biggest, the most edgy or the most fun we can grab.  The realty remains, that this is what we humans have done since the Garden of Eden.  Solomon was conducting an experiment. As the wisest man ever, He decided to use the scientific method to find true meaning in life.  Previously, he tried the search for knowledge to bring meaning.  He went all out.  The result he determined was that knowledge was meaningless…Sorry Google!

Now Solomon decided that he would try pleasure. In looking at pleasure, Solomon chased the lust of the flesh–Built a haram like none other, the lust of the eyes–he acquired any and everything his heart desired, and the pride of life-he built and designed every form of monument to his name possible.  The biggest, the best and the most was his.  The result–you got it–meaningless.

While we all know in the deepest recess of our hearts and minds that pleasure is fleeting and only the things we do for eternity have lasting meaning, like Solomon, we still “Want it All!”. Like moths to a porch light, we are drawn to the things and pleasures of this world–only to find them hollow and dangerous. Amazingly, if we learn to be content with the provision of our Lord, whatever it is–then, we find our joy and happiness come from things that last. Ironically, they not only achieve the desired effect–but they change our lives to a journey toward eternity instead of a race to the cliff’s edge! True meaning and purpose rest upon us, and we can, like Paul–fight the good fight, finish the race and keep the faith.  It is a bold adventure–but one that truly brings life and meaning!

God Bless You

I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless. “Laughter,” I said, “is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?” I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly—my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was good for people to do under the heavens during the few days of their lives.

I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me. I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired male and female singers, and a harem[a] as well—the delights of a man’s heart. I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me.

10 I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;
    I refused my heart no pleasure.
My heart took delight in all my labor,
    and this was the reward for all my toil.
11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done
    and what I had toiled to achieve,
everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;
    nothing was gained under the sun.