Let Me Be Frank… 6-26-19

“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!”
Ecclesiastes 1:2

I am a “sky is falling” kind of guy.  If I were to choose a character from Winnie the Pooh that I am most like it would probably be Eeyore (with a dash of Tigger thrown in).  I struggle to pull the trigger on anything because I’ve already decided that things will go wrong.  But, in the words of Zig Ziglar, “If you aim at nothing you’ll hit it every time.”  So I push myself to act.  And I’m happy to say that I am getting better at preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.

So that’s why these first few words from the book of Ecclesiates are so jarring to me.  If everything is meaningless, then why in the world are we here?  And that’s exactly the point that King Solomon is trying to make.

If you’ve never read the book of Ecclesiastes you should prepare yourself.  It’s not an uplifting book at first glance.  In fact, much of the book talks of the folly that comes from “chasing the wind.”  This ancient book is a reflection on life from a person who had it all, had done it all and questioned it all during his journey through life.   He essentially wants the reader to ask the question…

“What meaning does life have without God?”
We are not here on this earth for long, nor are we promised tomorrow.  But, with God, we have hope.  Through Jesus, we know we have a place in Heaven.  But, in the meantime, God wants us to live our lives to the fullest, understanding that He gives good gifts.  The beautiful sunrise, a good meal with treasured friends, hard work and time for play…  All of these things are evidence that our Heavenly Father is crazy about us! 
God gives our lives meaning and purpose.
Where are you today?  The closer we draw to God, the more we stand in awe of Him.  The more we know about our Heavenly Father, the more we trust that He will order our steps.  Don’t “chase the wind…”  chase grace.  Chase trust, obedience, and surrender.  Chase the God that is calling you back to Him, over and over again.  Your life has meaning.  Your life has purpose.  And He wants you to discover what that looks like in His Kingdom!
We are Central… and we’re in this TOGETHER! 

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