So, I have been studying Ecclesiastes for the past week or so, and I am convinced that Solomon would not have been a very good counselor. I mean, here's a guy that was known as the wisest man to ever live and spits out this book, authors many proverbs, a number of the psalms not to mention every newlywed's favorite book, Song of Songs. I mean come on, the heir of David. DAVID. Not his thrid son or something, who killed for the right of heir. This is David's son. The King of Israel. And all this guy can do is reflect on the meaninglessness of everything!
As much as Solomon offers a number of reasons and examples as to why everything under the sun is meaningless, Solomon allows us to see some huge insights into the meaning of life. Even through his, seemingly, negative or cynical rants about the things of this world, there is one obvious theme: We should forget about all the things that seem to dominate our lives in this world and focus on things that further the kingdom of God. What are we doing today that will bring us and those around us closer to Heaven? Closer to Christ?
One way that we do that is by simply loving. Not loving people to the point that they want to see Jesus. Just loving. And sometimes love comes in many different forms: attention, money, sending a note, etc. However, the biggest way that we can bring people closer to Christ is simply by "BE-ing" who He has created us to be.
One of the ways that you can express God's love is by participating in the KIN Silent Auction that will begin next week at NMC and online at www.helpingkidsinneed.com and share LOVE with an area of the world that needs to feel LOVE. Our Senior High Pastor, Derry has posted a great informational post on how you can get involved.
Quick Clarification on LOVE: I want to clarify that I don't mean LOVE with strings attached. Christ never said, I want you to feed the homeless and then tell them that they need to accept your version of Jesus. He never said even told the woman at the well that she needed to "accept [him]" and then sin no more. He loved her and told her to sin no more. By "BE-ing" sometimes we just need to offer that sandwich, offer that TV for that auction, spend time with that widow, and just BE there for what God has given you the opportunity for.
May we "BE" who God has created us to be and follow those passions, promptings, and desires today. May we understand and accept the situations that he has made us to BE in.