Vanity

Vanity Vanity my friend, is it what we really think of when we are conceited or self absorbed.

The Hebrew word typically translated as “vanity” is “awen,” which had a variety of meanings, among them boastfulness, nothingness, falseness, sin, distress and difficulty. The word is most often used in the Bible to signify emptiness, pointlessness and worthlessness. The book of Ecclesiastes, written by King Solomon, shows how he learned that God is the only path to finding meaning in life.

Ecclesiastes 2:22-26
22 What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? 23 All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.
24 A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? 26 To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Ecclesiastes 2 talks about meaningless in the NIV translation. A chasing after the wind is like worthless. So why do we have to worry about our looks or our life, when we have God – we have everything.

Having a relationship with God is really about giving away all the vanity in our lives to serve him. What does that mean, I shouldn’t take care of the temple of God, my body …. NO. It does mean that time wasted on meaningless things is like chasing after the wind – it is worthless.

First love God and then love your Neighbor as yourself. Love everyone showing them God’s light in you!!!!
Amen.

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