I have a feeling I’m not alone when I start questioning the monotony of life. You go to work, go to bed, get up and go to work again…over and over and over. You clean the house, tackle the laundry, wash the dishes….just to turn around and realize you have to do it again. You wearily get through your to do list each day, knowing it will still be there tomorrow and the next day and the next. Do you ever wonder, what is the point? Is this all life is about?
I’m a dreamer. A born dreamer. So I’m always going for the next big thing in my life. I don’t do well with monotony. I dream of the next adventure, vacation, or even a house. I set goals, and when I reach them, I set bigger goals.
When I read Ecclesiastes 1 today, it spoke to me….knowing that many people probably relate to Solomon’s “under the sun” view on life, wondering what the point is, always looking for something bigger and better.
“Meaningless! Meaningless! says the Teacher. Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.
What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again. All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, ‘Look! This is something new’? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time. No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.” Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
To me, that sounds depressing! What a pointless, sad view on life! Yet how many of us feel this way sometimes? Like we just do the same thing over and over, and does our small human contribution really mean anything? Will anyone remember us? Will there ever be enough to satisfy our eyes and our ears?
If you ever feel this way, I challenge you to get this Ecclesiastes Bible study I’m reading. It’s called Ecclesiastes: Wisdom for Living Well, An In-depth Bible Study.
See, we get to learn from Solomon, his previous view on life, and his mistakes. He shares it with us, so we don’t have to go through life thinking that way. When you dive more into the scripture (something this journal helps me do without feeling bored and overwhelmed), you learn to view life from the “above the sun” view instead of Solomon’s “below the sun view” in the verses above.
There is a point to working hard. Your place on this Earth, your contribution…it does matter to so many…to the people you touch, your children, your grandchildren. When we go about our day and work for God…it is never meaningless.
I can’t wait to dig deeper into this simple Bible study and really learn how to live a meaningful and wise life.
Here’s my takeaways and perception for the day: don’t be scared to dream big and set goals, but consider what those dreams and goals are focused on. And today….go take notice of the little joys in the monotony of life.