What makes you feel important or happy?
There’s a book in the middle of your Bible called Ecclesiastes. Can you find it?
Ecclesiastes is a hard book to read because it’s all about how hard life can be. The book of Proverbs taught us that if we trust God, we can have a good life. But the book of Ecclesiastes says that it’s really hard to have a good life because so much can go wrong and nothing in your life lasts very long. Ecclesiastes is not a very fun book. Listen to how it begins:
Ecclesiastes 1:1-3. The words of the Teacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
2 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher,
vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
3 What does man gain by all the toil
at which he toils under the sun?
Have you ever watched steam coming off of a hot drink? Or have you ever seen your breath on a cold winter’s day? The Teacher is saying that that’s what our lives are. Short. Very short. Like a breath. And even worse, he’s saying that our lives don’t mean much. We’re not very important.
Do you remember the song at the beginning of The Lion King, The Circle of Life? The song describes life as one big circle that we are all born into. And in this circle there’s too much to do, and too much to see, and too much to “take in.” And so we each have to “find our place on the path unwinding in the circle of life.”
Ecclesiastes warns us about chasing after things that we think will help us find our place in life. Things like being rich or smart, or by working hard at something. All of these things are good things that God gives to us to help us enjoy life and worship him. But none of these things will last forever. Eventually they will all come to an end. They are like the steam on your hot cocoa.
The truth is only one thing lasts forever. Do you know what it is? Or should we say WHO it is?
That’s right, it’s God. That is why we must learn to love God the most, and not the good things that he gives us. We must learn to let the good things God gives us point our hearts back to God. Why?
Because Only God lasts forever. And only God is perfectly good and kind and can make your life worth living. And when you trust in Jesus, and his death on the cross for you, then you can share in God’s eternal life of goodness and love. No more being a vapor. No more circle of life. No more making things that don’t last into the most important thing in your life. Now Jesus is the most important. Now being loved by Jesus and loving like Jesus, and helping others to know Jesus’ love is what gives life it’s meaning.
Because of Jesus my life is important to God.
With Jesus I can make knowing God’s love and loving like God the most important thing.
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER
Watch “The Circle of Life” together. Talk about how the lion family is putting their hope in something that will eventually end (baby Simba – later Mufasa will say they all just turn into grass). But Jesus offers us unending life and happiness.
Your love makes forever and good. Thank you for loving me and teaching me how to love others.
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