Day 5: Vain

Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. — Ecclesiastes 2:11

Read the whole passage in Ecclesiastes 2:11.

Empires fall, history forgets, and money dissipates. Success by any definition this world can offer will not breach the bounds of eternity. Nothing in this world lasts. All that our hand’s touch will go to dust. Only God remains. If we bank on what we can do, what we can save, what we can build or retire on, then we plan for only the seventy or eighty years we wander on earth. If we hold fast to the concerns and cares of this life, without thinking first of those of the next, then we strive in vain and we chase the wind. What might it look like to work for eternal goals, to build success for the next life, to plan for the truly long haul? What would change if nothing else but heaven really mattered?

Talk with God

Forgive me for planning for so near in the future, for seeing only the present life and not the one you have planned ahead.

Live it.  How will you live more second today?

Tell it. How will you share what you have learned?

Tweet using #IASvain to share your thoughts.

From the book ” live second: 365 ways to makes Jesus first”

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