It can be a terrifying thing to take note of how you actually spend your time. How much of it is really ‘productive’, and how much is wasted?
This week an 8 year old told me (without any prompting or prelude) that an average person spends a total of three years of their life on the toilet. I could have done without knowing that. I’m sorry that you now share this unwanted information. As I said- terrifying!
The writer of Ecclesiastes (whose book is the subject of our preaching this term) took a remarkably bleak view of all human endeavours. “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” Ecclesiastes 1:14 (NIV)
We’ll look closely at this sentiment throughout the term and see if it holds water, but my suspicion is that it does (up to a point). And if true, such a judgment can lead us to question not only our frivolities and pleasures, but our labours, our goals, the very meaning of our existence. What is it worth, this time we spend ‘under the sun’?
But the thing we must always remember is that what is ‘under the sun’ is not all there is for those who put their trust in Jesus. We have a sure and perfect hope for eternity with God in the highest heavens where Christ our redeemer sits this day!
The question we need to ask then, this term and every dawn God gives us to see, is what are we going to do with this knowledge? If all that is under the sun will slip from our grasp like a vapour, yet what lasts is found in our eternal Lord, how will we spend our time?
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot, Missionary and Martyr. -Mark