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“So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it meaningless, a chasing after the wind”.

-Ecclesiastes 2:17

I kept telling myself to put the Bible down as I was reading Ecclesiastes. Sometimes a new perception can give you insight, but it can also take away everything that you thought to be true. When I fill out college applications, or work on projects for school, it makes me excited about what I am going to be able to do in my future for others. After reading this book though, everything that matters to me, shouldn’t.

When I walk up to the gates in Heaven, God isn’t going to ask me what college I attended, or if I ever did accomplish my career goals. It is still hard for me to understand, but people can’t build on perishable pursuits. We must build off of the solid foundation of God, since He is the only one that is with us both in this life and the life that is yet to come. 

Nothing in this life will ever satisfy us because God blessed us eternity in our souls, and nothing in this mortal world can live up to those expectations… Only God can do it.

After reading this story, I found out the meaning of life. There is none. Everything is completely meaningless. Now… I am not saying that God doesn’t want us to not be happy, in fact He wants us to embrace all of the gifts He has blessed us with in this life. He just wants us to understand that the man-made achievements He allowed us to accomplish, does not compare to the great promise that He has made to us all.

While I was reading this book, I couldn’t stop crying because it seemed as if everything I am doing right now doesn’t matter. Yet the motivation to please our God,  instilled in my heart, has more meaning than words can describe, and that very motivation will be valued a million times more after we are all gone than the acceptance letter to Harvard.

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