Life and the Word “Meaningless”


“Meaningless! Meaningless!”
says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
Everything is meaningless.”

The Author of Ecclesiastes (King Solomon) was definitely correct when he mentioned doing so many things yet it becomes a meaningless effort by the end of the day (or at one’s life). And as much as I want to be secretive about this, I often experience feeling “meaningless” most of the time.

There can be a lot of reasons why we feel that way. It can be with stress due to work, a family problem or even a health problem. Nevertheless, we need to be reminded that God has given us one life to live and it should be spent wisely and meaningfully from day one to eternity.

I remember my boss’ advice in one learning session wherein he told us the importance of defining what’s important and urgent and identify things that are not important or urgent and make use of our time wisely. For us christians, we call this discernment.

This will not only lessen the time we consume over unnecessary tasks, it can also help be organized with our time and work.  It can also give us ample time to enjoy, have fun and get revitalized since life is not always about work and careers after all.

God has given us opportunities to enjoy work and provide for our family but He also gave us opportunities in life for leisure as well. The same author gave us a solid advice on how we can go about this –

“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun…” – Ecclesiastes 8:15

Let us then be reminded to not just stay focused with work but take time to enjoy and be with friends and family. Work will always be there but our missed opportunity to spend quality time with our close friends and family can never be retrieved or paid by the things we achieve at work.

Our world can be so hectic that we often neglect the importance of sitting still or have fun. It is always important to make time to relax and forget about our work and family problems and focus on the happy side of life. If we spend time off from work, we get refreshed, refocused and revitalized to do more and be more for the challenges we face daily.

My friends and I usually talk about what will happen when we have gray hairs and sit by and talk about some stuff. We often enjoy sharing our stories about sitting at the side of the beach, discussing about the good old days and our experiences.

We often laugh about the idea of our grandchildren bringing us to our favorite spot and spend quality time with one another after years of work, family life and among other things. There came a point wherein all of us shared one thing that we want to do and leave as a legacy. Although not all of us have the same desires, we dreamed of sitting down one day when we are old and with gray hair and tell our younger generation about life experiences and give sound advice to their own dilemmas as well.

I’m excited when that time comes, it is an opportunity to share, reflect and agree to King Solomon’s wisdom on life, aging and fullness.

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