FOLLOW ONE COURSE UNTIL SUCCESSFUL
And how will you know when you are successful? How will you know when you have arrived at…success? Success can be defined as achieving a favorable or desired outcome. I suppose that is where the rub comes for so many. You just aren’t sure what outcome you want. You need to F.O.C.U.S. on one direction, one thing.
There Are Many Courses…Choose One
Learn from Solomon who looked for happiness in places such as pleasure, wisdom, work, advancement, wealth, and even youthful energy, strength, and vitality. Solomon became king at the age of 20 and then spent the next 40 years searching for ultimate meaning…and spent a lot of money doing it. Fortunately he could afford it. Unfortunately and ultimately, the process destroyed his kingdom. Fortunately for us he wrote a book called Ecclesiastes which means “preacher” from which we get to learn from his choices.
Everything is Meaningless!
The first time I read Ecclesiastes I thought, “Well, that was depressing! I don’t suppose I want to read that very often.” You may recall these words:
“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” (Ec 1:2)
Maybe you’ve had fleeting moments when you’ve thought that you might just be better off is you lived your life and left the consequences to chance. Have you ever felt that way? Apparently, so did Solomon in 985 BC. But he searched for meaning and found it. And so can you.
Rather than spend this year “Chasing the wind” – which is a fairly accurate description of many New Year resolutions – I want to talk with you about what I found in Solomon’s wisdom…only after reading the book through many times…I found meaning. I call them “ten rules for success.” After all the guy spent a lifetime and more money than you can conceive of in order to discover these things to be true. You get them at no charge, which is probably why you may sometimes ignore them.
10 Rules That Give Meaning to Life
Rule #1 – Seek to Please God; Fear God AND keep his commandments (2:25; 12:13). Life not centered on God is purposeless and meaningless. With him, all of life and his other good gifts are to be gratefully received and used and enjoyed to the full.
Rule #2 – Stand in awe of God / avoid meaningless religious ritual void of God (5:1)
Rule #3 – Don’t compete with your neighbor (4:4)
Rule #4 – Be content; enjoy what you have (6:2, 6)
Rule #5 – Maintain a good name (7:1)
Rule #6 – Gain wisdom (7:12; 8:1)
Rule #7 – Avoid extremes (7:18)
Rule #8 – Do everything with all your might (9:10)
Rule # 9 – Sharpen your skills (10:10)
Rule #10 – Work hard, at all times (11:6)