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Finally FINDING Meaning

No secret here: I am a goal-setter. I get great joy in checking things off my to-do list. In fact, I will sometimes do something, then put it on my list, just to get the pleasure of checking it off.



It's a disease, I know.

One of my goals this year has been to do an in-depth dive into different books of the Bible, with my goal being to get through all 66 in the next 20 years or so. While I'm not looking as forward to, say, Leviticus and Numbers, this deep-dive into Ecclesiastes has been riveting and formative for me.

The author ('Qohelet') makes the case that we cannot find meaning and true significance apart from God. We cannot find it "under the sun". He is right. "But wait", some might say. "I leave God out all the time and I am doing just fine, thank you very much."

Here is my response:

(From my sermon introduction on Sunday)
Nikki and I were eating one day and I told her I didn't like broccoli. She asked if I had ever tried it and I had to think about it. I hadn't.

I realized that growing up we had never had broccoli and when I asked my mom why she simply said that "We don't like it." (I assume it was because then she would have to eat it, too and she didn't like it.) I tried broccoli as an adult and guess what - I actually liked it.

I had never tried something but made a judgment call against it.

Those who say "I have not tried life with God and am doing just fine" do not know what they are missing out on. They pass judgment without trying. They are assuming that they are experiencing the best that life has to offer, while never trying the life that God may have for them.

What about you? Are you fully relying on God for your meaning and satisfaction? Does your significance come completely from Him, or do you still value the stuff of this world that will perish?

Don't chase the wind. Rest in Him.

Read ahead for this week (see "Scripture for This Week's Message" below) and be ready to wrap up Ecclesiastes with me.

Let's find meaning together and not treat God like broccoli.

See you Sunday!
-Jim

P.S.: I announced Sunday that our service formats will be changing on 9/10 to 2 unique expressions of worship. It's hard to talk details in an email, but one thing to know is that we will be moving the service start times by 30 minutes to 9:00 and 10:30. I'll be giving reasons and laying out the plan on 8/20. We are excited about this change and what it means for Rockland!