The things that matter

13 April 2014

King Solomon, one of the wisest humans ever to walk the earth as scripture declares, wrote in Ecclesiastes:

“What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises…No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them…”

Many things that we treat importantly in our lives may matter at the end of the day. The newest gadget, the prestigious school or university, a coveted sports car, a larger house, bigger bank accounts, power etc. They have the appearance of greatness, but even that is fleeting and vanity as King Solomon would put it. None of those things satisfy the deep need of our souls for something permanent and good.

I think there are some things that can be considered to be of eternal value such as good relationships with family or friends, an experience that will become a treasured memory such as seeing your child’s first play at school (and not missing it because of work!) or leaving work early so that you can pick your kid up from school as a surprise. They all create a memory and are worth far more than the first category of things – and yet we miss the plot sometimes.

But the biggest regret one can have is to not look after the soul. The soul is something very difficult to describe, but you are the most aware of it in quietness or solitude. When we are alone and with no anxious thoughts distracting us (no phones and just keeping every other agenda aside), we are left with the voice of our souls. And depending on what we’ve invested in during our lifetime, that voice may bring us assurance and peace or insecurity and fear. Let’s be clear on something though that this is not the same as meditation where the objective is peace and nothingness. Instead, it is hopefully you finding a soul which is full and abundant in joy because of investments and choices you made in your life.

If your choice has been to follow Christ, we have the assurance of finding just that. Maybe not all the time, but certainly in time to come if we persevere.

Lord, remind me to be more careful in how i choose to invest my time and energy. May I choose to take the time to invest in the things that matter to my soul rather than the fleeting vanity of this world.

Matthew 6:19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

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