Ecclesiastes – Thu – 22-04-28

Remember Charles Dicken’s character Ebenezer Scrooge in the book A Christmas Carol? He was a grasping, miserly workaholic. He had no friends. Devoid of charity, with hardly a relative, he pursued business above all else. In his youth, he sacrificed a relationship with a young love to pursue career success. He wasn’t very happy, was he?

Yesterday, the book of Ecclesiastes reminded us that meaning in life can’t be found by piling up accomplishments and advancing our careers. Yet some people persist in being workaholics. They often sacrifice relationships with family and friends in their drive to succeed. They need to hear Solomon’s words in Ecclesiastes 4:8-11, ‘There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. “For whom am I toiling,” he asked, “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?” This too is meaningless– a miserable business! Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?’ (NIV)

This passage reminds us that relationships are more important than career success. In fact, one relationship is the key to the meaning of life. But we won’t discuss that until Saturday!

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