“I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.” — Ecclesiastes 2:10-11
I have always felt a strong connection to King Solomon. I find myself in constant pursuit of things in this world, only to come to the conclusion that it is all meaningless compared to God.
The past two years I have been all over the place, literally and figuratively. As a young coach seeking a career in collegiate athletics, I found myself on the move. I thought I had to carve my own path in order to be successful. I sought happiness by going after bigger and better deals. I spent too many hours banging my head against the wall, wondering what I was doing with my life and what God was trying to teach me. I have felt many times like I have been chasing wind.
When I stand back and look at where the Lord has led me, I realize that the pursuit of my own pleasures, professionally and personally, are meaningless. Having Christ in my life is the only thing that brings meaning to my life.
It is so easy to forget who and what we are living for. The pursuit of anything other than the Lord is living a life in an endless cycle. It will keep taking you to the same place and the same result. Seeking Christ in every single breath leads us to the ultimate goal: to bring all honor, not to ourselves, but to Christ.
— AMANDA MARTIN