"Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!” What do people get for all their hard work under the sun?” Ecclesiastes 1:2-3 NLT
The whirlwind of going to the grocery store seemed pointless.
Once a month, we make a major contribution to Walmart. On one such trip, the meaningless of grocery shopping became evident—except for the fact that I have to eat.
My wife rolls the buggy, picks out the items, hands them to me, and I place them into the cart. When we’re finished, we roll up to a cashier and take the same items I just placed in the cart out of the cart. The cashier scans our merchandise and puts it in a bag. I take the same items—only now bagged—and return them to the same cart I just took them out of.
After arriving home, I pick up the same bags I just picked up at the grocery store and carry them inside. My wife picks them up again and puts them in their respective places. By now, I’m tired of counting how many times I’ve handled these same items. There must be an easier way.
Life didn’t mean much to King Solomon—at least not when he tried to live it apart from God. He had all the wisdom and riches one person could want, but his many endeavors were meaningless when God wasn’t included. Life was a whirlwind of pointless activity for him.
Whether it appears so or not, life does have a purpose when lived with God in mind. As crazy as grocery shopping seems, I must have food and drink to survive—even if I do have to handle it six times before I’m done.
Life’s purpose isn’t found in play toys, possessions, knowledge, relationships, or good health—although all those things can be included in it. Solomon tried those tired efforts. If I listen to his conclusions, I won’t have to repeat his folly.
When life seems like a whirlwind of pointless activity and endeavors, I try to remember God sees what I can’t. He knows where He wants to take me and how He wants to get me there. When I open myself to the leadership of God’s Spirit, life takes on new meaning.
Life’s purpose will reveal itself if I approach it from the correct foundation: a relationship with Jesus Christ. Building my life on Him changes my perspective on everything—grocery shopping included.
Don’t get sucked in by the whirlwind of meaningless living. Live life from God’s point of view.
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Prayer: Father, guide our steps so that we might understand Your purpose for us.