Solomon was closing out hos search for meaning by the recognition that life simply looks a lot different when you are young. It is wise to know that optimism and energy are gifts for the young. When you come across a young person that is cynical and lethargic–it is alarming and off-putting. Conversely, when us old goats of the world still see the wonder and excitement of life–well, we are minimalized and told we are cute.
Life is hard, unfair, rugged and cruel. There are events that happen and people that pass through that literally suck any positivity out of our existence. In those times, we have to trust God to replace that which is stolen by our enemy. Young or old, we look to God for our joy, and, as we follow him, we allow the Holy Spirit to replace the joy life talks away. Facing life daily is hard. The longer we endure, the more difficult it becomes. The great news is that if we capitalize on optimism when we are young, and, we trust God for joy when we are old–well, then we complete the race and keep the faith only to see that we have only come to the end–of the beginning!
God Bless You
Light is sweet,
and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
8 However many years anyone may live,
let them enjoy them all.
But let them remember the days of darkness,
for there will be many.
Everything to come is meaningless.
9 You who are young, be happy while you are young,
and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth.
Follow the ways of your heart
and whatever your eyes see,
but know that for all these things
God will bring you into judgment.
10 So then, banish anxiety from your heart
and cast off the troubles of your body,
for youth and vigor are meaningless.