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Been There; Done That

Read Ecclesiastes 1:1 through 4:16

The familiar phrase “been there; done that” is often said by those who feel they’ve seen it all and done it all, and they’re bored by it. This appears to be the outlook of the author of Ecclesiastes.

He concluded that everything he had experienced was meaningless, including the pursuit of wisdom and pleasure—things many in our modern culture seek. Even the hedonistic lifestyle of “wine, women, and song” proved to not be satisfying. These indulgences created only fleeting enjoyment.

Much of happiness depends on attitude.

I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God (Ecclesiastes 3:12–13).

Once we determine to find satisfaction in life’s simple things, including what God has given us to do, we will no longer base our worth or our hope in the accumulation of more things.

Thought for Today: “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” —Abraham Lincoln

Quicklook: Ecclesiastes 3:1–13


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