We are a long way off from Easter, but I am going to use an Easter illustration (After all we didn’t get to enjoy Easter this year). There is nothing more frustrating and yet enjoyable as watching a 2 year old hunt for Easter eggs! It is enjoyable because they are the cutest things... it is frustrating because they get distracted by everything! In hot pursuit of shiny candy filled eggs, a 2 year old can get distracted by bugs, sticks, rocks, their feet, and most often the CANDY. In the end, the kid that does the best is the one who with single purpose collected eggs and refused the distractions.
“I don not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.” – Franz Kafka
I am amazed, yet not shocked, that so many in the world are in love with stuff. Not only stuff, but the money that buys stuff! There are so many who think, “if I could just have ______ I would be happy, content, and fulfilled.” Only after they have that, they then want _______, and then ______!
“There is nothing new except what has been forgotten” - Marie Antoinette
We now enter one of my favorite books, Ecclesiastes! The main idea of the book is: all is vanity except a life lived for God.
There are two major words, that appear early on in the book, and are key to understanding the plight of man without God. These two terms are what we get for a life lived “under the sun” (a life lived according to this World’s system... doing what this fallen world says will make us feel contentment and happiness)... these two terms are: vanity and vexation.