Do you enjoy parties? Most people like to have fun, eat good food, and enjoy life. I enjoy getting together with friends and family, don’t you? There are a lot of things I enjoy, like frozen custard, grilled brats and sour cream donuts – though usually not at the same time. I also enjoy coffee every morning. But is pleasure what gives life meaning? If it does make life meaningful, why are so many people who live a Hollywood lifestyle so unhappy?
One of the first things Solomon did in his search for meaning, was to explore pleasure. Here’s what he said in Ecclesiastes 2:1, ‘I thought in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.”’ (NIV) Well, he sampled food, wine, comedy, and music among other things. He had a huge harem of women. Let’s face it, as a wealthy king, Solomon lived larger in his day than Hollywood stars and Silicon Valley tycoons do today.
What did he conclude? Listen to Ecclesiastes 2:10-11, “I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor. 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.” (NIV) So, enjoy life, but remember you will never find true satisfaction and meaning in pleasure.
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