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The Meaningful Life

I have been teaching high school English for 15 years.  During that time, many of my colleagues have found our job to be meaningless, just as Solomon felt about some of his work. To those not called to my vocation, it definitely seems meaningless: tough discipline situations, mediocre pay for 56-hour work weeks, and lots and lots of stress.  However, to those of us who are working in these trenches in answer to God’s call to ministry,  teaching is a privilege, a joy, and a daily inspiration with opportunities to glorify God and to show Jesus’s love .

In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon grieves as he realizes the meaninglessness of any work motivated by greed and/or self-satisfaction. He realizes money and material goods mean nothing, that they do not inspire or bless us. This realization is true for all of us. Any of our efforts motivated by greed or self-satisfaction will prove to be empty and exhausting. In contrast, any of our efforts motivated by God’s  purpose for our lives will result in fulfillment, peace and joy.  As Solomon later realizes and shares in Proverbs 19, “The fear of [honor of, obedience to] the Lord leads to life,  And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil” (Proverbs 19:23 , NKJV).

Reflect:

  • Do you see your current job, hobbies or daily tasks as meaningless?
  • Have you accepted Christ as Lord?  Are you willing to submit to His plans for you?

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