I’m not going to lie, I can read thousands of inspirational quotes about living life to the fullest, I can read one book after another about what habits I need to build to fulfill my dreams, I can go to church three times a week and hear one message after another about the purpose of my life… and yet when I wake up in the morning and go through the same daily, weekly, monthly routine life doesn’t seem so vibrant with purpose, so permeated with potential, and so immersed with meaning.
From going to work, to attending and leading Bible studies, to preparing and teaching lessons in church, to hanging out with family and friends, to exploring new places, and to writing.
Every day, every week, every month, it’s all the same.
Maybe the people change, the situations change, the locations change… but the routine remains the same.
And in the cycle of working, playing, and serving eventually there comes a point when I start wondering, what’s the point of it all?
What am I living for anyway?
Is there a meaning to the same things that I do every single day?
If you’ve ever felt the same don’t worry, you’re not the only one.
There’s a man in the Bible who had it all and he felt the same.
He had all of the riches that the world had to offer.
He could indulge in whatever pleasure he desired any minute of the day.
He was esteemed, admired, and respected by everyone around him.
He built magnificent buildings and owned too many possessions to count.
And yet at the end of his life after he observed everything he had seen, everything he owned, everything he had done he came to only one conclusion.
A conclusion that astounded me at first and made me question how I live my life.
Here is what he says:
“I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 1:24)
That’s the conclusion that the wisest man on earth came to at the end of his days: everything we do is meaningless.
Pleasure is meaningless (Ecclesiastes 2:1-11)
Work is meaningless. (Ecclesiastes 2:17-24)
Riches are meaningless (Ecclesiastes 5: 8-15)
Everything that people strive to attain in this world… meaningless.
Kiss the American dream good-bye because according to Solomon none of it really matters in the end.
And he’s not speaking hypothetically, he’s speaking from personal experience.
If you’ve ever questioned the meaning of your life, have felt empty on the inside, or felt like you are living on a constant treadmill then you and Solomon have something in common.
You live through the same old routine and always come up empty because just like him you’ve been searching for purpose in all the wrong places.
If you re-read Ecclesiastes 1:24 there are three key words that I want you to look at that will make his conclusion make sense – “Everything is meaningless under the sun.”
If life is a meaningless routine that you have to endure every day, if you go to sleep feeling empty from all that you did, if you have no purpose behind your actions it’s because you have forgotten (as I often have) that life is meaningless if we live for what matters under the sun.
Because purpose, meaning, and satisfaction in our daily routine only comes when we live for what is above the sun: God and eternity.
You, like Solomon, can possess all the pleasures, all the riches, and all the goods that this world has to offer but you will always come up short because what matters is not what you possess visibly, but what you possess invisibly with God and not what you hold in your hands but who you have in your heart.
God created a void in your heart that is only His to fill.
And when life becomes meaningless, boring, and hard it’s because we’ve been filling it with anything but Him.
We’ve started looking for meaning in the world when it can only be found in Him.
We chase dreams, riches, and popularity only to realize that even when we reach our goals and fulfill our dreams we still end up empty, just like Solomon.
In this world we can have it all but if we don’t have Jesus we really have nothing at all.
Today… if you’re struggling with the same old routine pray that God will re-ignite the desire in your heart to stop chasing the wind and start chasing Him.
To find meaning and purpose in your daily tasks in a way that brings glory to Him.
Once your heart is consumed with Christ you will step off the never-ending treadmill and face life with a new attitude because you will see…
That your relationships matter because it’s more than hanging out and passing time with people: it’s an opportunity to carry someone’s burden, to support, to encourage, to love, and to build up.
That your work matters because it’s more than just getting a paycheck: it’s your mission field to spread God’s love and light in the midst of your daily routine.
That your hobbies matter because it’s more than you having fun: it’s you enjoying God’s creation and using your passion, your talents, and your abilities to not only find joy in but bless others with.
That how you serve others in or outside of church matters because it’s more than you fulfilling your Christian duties: it’s you giving yourself away for a cause, a mission, a person so much greater than yourself.
If your life has been feeling empty lately step off the treadmill of routine and fill your life with Christ.
With Him you won’t come up empty or meaningless one more day.
Be blessed and live life wholeheartedly with God! –Anna… ♥
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” -Ecclesiastes 9:10