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S (Scripture): Ecclesiastes 2:24 There is nothing better for mortals than to eat and drink, and find enjoyment in their toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God; 25 for apart from him[d] who can eat or who can have enjoyment? 26 For to the one who pleases him God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy; but to the sinner he gives the work of gathering and heaping, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a chasing after wind.
O (Observation): In all of his wisdom, Solomon has tracked down the purpose and the results of all ventures: eating, drinking, toil, study, war, etc. And what is his conclusion? “Vanity! All is vanity!”
Nothing will last forever, according to Solomon. Not riches or fame or conquest or control. Nothing. So, in the meantime, what should one do? Eat, drink, and be merry!
A (Application): I try so hard not to feel like I have to convince everyone that my way is right…but some itch under my skin keeps me irritated. I can disagree with someone in person, and not try to win that conversation…but for minutes, or sometimes for hours, I try to win the argument in my head, or figure out what I could have said differently or better.
But to what end? What difference would it make?
I’m not advocating for giving up…just to shift the reason for keeping my wheels turning.
Why not shift from “trying to win,” to trying to make more clear my reasons for believing what I believe. In other words: my journey does not have to be for the vain purpose of “winning,” but simply for the enjoyment of the pursuit of truth and understanding of my faith.
May we all pursue the work of the Spirit, which brings joy and hope. May we avoid vain pursuits…or at least enjoy life as it comes.
P (Prayer): Lord, your wisdom is above all. May we enjoy the pursuit of said wisdom. Amen.