Think of things in your life that you consider meaningless. My list of things that are meaningless... hmm... I'd have to say Nickleback, Nothing fights, reality tv... I don't know, obvious things! Well... reading Ecclesiasties has shown me that apparently EVERYTHING is meaningless... I know that you're probably thinking... "hey! I thought this blog was supposed to be uplifting, optimistic, joyful and encouraging!?" Well... it is. Let's break this down... Everything is meaningless... A chasing after the wind. Think about what it looks like to chase the wind... to try SO hard to get your hands around something that is completely intangible! Frustrating, huh? Think about really truly believing that you can catch it... that if you run fast enough, reach far enough, and grab hold firm enough... that you could actually physically hold the wind... You know what that's like? It's like trying to find happiness apart from God. It's like saying... "Life is short, I'm going to live it the way I want to live it." In the end... looking back over your life you'll stop and wonder, what was all of that for? Why was I storing up treasures on earth, so to speak, when my time here is SO short!?
Instead... Chase after God. Chase after Him and He will bring joy to your life in ways that you can't even realize! Even without all of the things in life that you claim that you can't live without: TV, Music, Relationships, House, Success, Family, Car, Phone, Internet, Computer... There is no lasting joy in ANY of these things without Christ. Material things will always whither and fade... often times relationships and families fade as well... If your joy is FOCUSED on Christ... you will experience all of these things with a sense of freedom! You will be free to enjoy these things without feeling the attachment. "When God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work - this is a gift of God" Ecc. 5:19
It really is comforting to know that none of it matters as much as He does. It takes the pressures of daily life off just a little bit knowing that, really... who cares? It's meaningless, a chasing after the wind...