One afternoon, when my firstborn was just three-months-old, I had just put her down for a nap and quietly tiptoed to my desk to finally begin my work. I sat down, opened my laptop, but felt the need to at least pray before I began. So I spent about 15 minutes in prayer and meditation. It was peaceful and well worthwhile. As soon as I reopened my laptop, I heard a cry from the nursery. My heart sank. Her nap was over and so was my personal time.
There was indeed a period early on in my motherhood when I experienced a sense of loss in myself. I was no longer traveling as much. I was no longer taking on as many exciting projects. The majority of my day was extremely predictable and was spent at home with a baby. I went from preaching around the world to folding baby clothes on the day-to-day. All my friends and colleagues were moving forward towards the height of their careers, and the rising influence of social media was of no help during this time. This led to a season where my life felt less valuable to God and to the world.
When you are a child, you are constantly being encouraged to dream of the possibilities of what you will be and what you will do. Yet, what most people are never taught is that these are just moments — highlights if you will. Real life is about more than just these momentary highlights.
David’s life wasn’t just about killing Goliath; he was also a worshiping shepherd who constantly fought off bears and lions to protect his flock.
Moses didn’t just part the Red Sea; he was also an intercessor that went into a tent to seek God’s face daily.
Apostle Paul didn’t just mightily preach the gospel; he was also a tentmaker to financially support his life.
So many believers are stuck in hopelessness and discontent, because they do not feel that the life they live amounts to the greatness that we expect of a powerful, anointed Christian. They do not see the significance in their nine-to-five jobs, their long commutes, the early mornings with the children, and their daily household chores. Some find various ways of dealing with this sentiment, such as changing careers, traveling more, or even buying something new.
Yet, in the end, no amount of worldly effort can medicate one’s dissatisfaction with one’s life unless one gains some biblical perspective.
King Solomon wrote these words. Throughout the rest of Ecclesiastes, he talks about how he’s accomplished all, seen all, and experienced all. Yet, they did not add more meaning to his life. It did not make his life more important than anyone else’s because, ultimately, everyone’s fate is the same.
King Solomon had realized what every single human on this earth will eventually realize, either at a young age or old. He is poetically confessing that all that striving for significance amounts to nothing. No amount of hype ever lasts. No accomplishment will be relevant forever. It is a sobering realization that leads to the most glorious implication.
You do not need to earn a meaningful life. You already have it.
Yes, you really do.
Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 says, “This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.”
Those that embrace this wisdom from King Solomon would not feel the need to strive and earn. Instead, they will have the urge to be grateful, grateful for the greatness that is in between the highlights of one’s journey towards heaven.
Fulfillment in life is a God-given treasure that can be found in your present, every day, seemingly mundane moments. This should be an encouragement to all, for this means that you do not have to wait for that “one day” to have peace with the life that you live. If that is your perspective, then, your “one day” will never come.
Do not be fooled by your supposedly ordinary life. An extraordinary God’s DNA flows through your spiritual veins. Every breath you breathe is a gift. It’s time to enjoy it.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)