Do you use LinkedIn? It’s an employment-related social media site. People use it to keep up on the careers of coworkers and friends. They also use it to advance their own careers. People list their job history, qualifications, accomplishments, skills and recommendations. When searching for a new position, many people use it to network with friends and the friends of their friends. Recruiters also use it to search for talent.
Let’s face it. Careers are one of the ways we look for satisfaction and meaning in life. For some, they try to climb the fabled career ladder. For others, they don’t search for advancement as much as a job they’ll like better than the one they currently have. But does a long list of accomplishments and career advancement provide meaning in life?
Solomon was a king. But he found little satisfaction in it. He called his work as king “toilsome”! Listen to his words in Ecclesiastes 2:20-21, “So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune.” (NIV)
We may find some satisfaction in our work, but Solomon reminds us that the ultimate purpose and meaning of life will not be found in our accomplishments or career. Tomorrow, we’ll continue our search for meaning through Ecclesiastes.
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