With a strong emphasis on leaving a legacy behind us, the American Sirens, i.e. our enemies: our sin, the world, satan, are hard at work enticing us to do more and more, to acquire more and more. It’s only with Him that we can have real enjoyment, however simple our accomplishment may look.
It is the beginning of a new year, and when most people would have a list of goals or resolutions – maybe – I do have a notebook with details to guide me through the next twelve months.
Yes, I am that kind of person.
However detailed my plan may be, because the work of the Triune God of the Universe in me, I am not buying into the idea of leaving a legacy behind, of making something so good that people will remember me, long after my entry in glory.
Now, let me tell you there is nothing wrong with leaving something behind, specially if what we are leaving behind is Kingdom productive.
But, often, building that legacy becomes an obsession, an idol.
What the second chapter of Ecclesiastes tells us is that we must question the reasons behind our pursue of such body of work. Considering the person receiving the benefits of all his hard work, the Preacher asks, “… and who knows whether he will be wise or a fool?”
What a great question!
The chapter ends with a reminder that enjoyment does not come from the amount of our accomplishments, or from the patrimony we may leave for posterity. Enjoyment can only be find with God (“… for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?”).
With the Triune God of the Universe even the simplest things – eating, drinking, and enjoying work – are enough to satisfy our longings. Apart from Him the most impressive results are nothing more than striving after the wind.
Let us consider this truth, as we go confront the here and now with the hope of His future glory.
Where is your definition of enjoyment coming from? What legacy are you leaving behind? What’s its foundation?
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.