July 29

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14

“I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun; and see, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.” vs. 14

When we buy into the values of our culture and its prevalent definition of success, sooner or later we’re likely to be overwhelmed by a sense of futility. Like the Teacher in the book of Ecclesiastes our eyes will be opened and we’ll see that all is vanity and a chasing after wind. Many have spent their entire lives madly pursuing the American dream…an extravagant life-style, abundant possessions, prestige,  power…and they don’t even realize that it’s chimeral, a vision based on a faulty premise. It really is sad to see people when their bodies begin to fail and their energies are sapped, especially when all their treasure is tied to the material. No matter how much we’ve earned, no matter how fine our homes and cars, one day all will be taken away. How much better it is when eternal values like love, peace, and joy have dominated our lives and we’ve learned to harvest all the fruits of the Spirit. Those are the treasures that bring contentment in every season of life…they never wear out and always seem to increase in value. The good news is that it’s never too late to change; repentance will always bear fruit! We can live contentedly as God intends even when all the world holds dear is taken away. A solid spiritual foundation will never fail us.

Thought for the Day: What makes for a solid spiritual foundation?

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