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Meaningless, Meaningless, Everything is Meaningless

Updated on April 7, 2016
Where this bridge goes, nobody knows.
Where this bridge goes, nobody knows.

Life, explained....

There are many people who do not believe in God, and that is just that. However, to even the most ardent Atheist I proclaim that there is a lot of wisdom found in the Bible. This wisdom cannot be challenged.

The book of Ecclesiastes is by far my favorite book in the Bible. This book lays it all out. It answers life's question, "Why are we here?" We are here to do and be and live and eat and drink and be merry. Ecclesiastes 2:24 says, " A person can do nothing better than to eat and and find satisfaction in their own toil." I hear people all the time complaining about their job. It is boring. They don't pay well. They don't like their supervisor. They don't like their co-workers. The list of complaints is eternal. To these people I say, enjoy your work. Be happy in your work. Enjoy your work for its own sake. Find something about your work that you can like. If you do this, I guarantee you, your life will be more pleasant. We spend 8+ hours per day doing work, toiling. If you find something to like about your work, then believe me when I tell you, you will spend 8+ hours being happy.

If the only reason you like your work is because it pays you? Then that is fantastic. The money you make from working will allow you to eat and drink and be merry. Be grateful that you work and get paid and have money to eat and to drink. Relish this reality. The next time you go to lunch or to dinner, savor your food and your drinks. The purpose of life is to enjoy your work and then enjoy your food and drink.

The book of Ecclesiastes simplifies existence. There is no grand mystery to life. Life is the enjoyment of work and eating and drinking. That's it. That is all we are supposed to do. Find joy in your toil. Then after toiling, find joy in eating and drinking and being merry. Everything else is meaningless, meaningless, meaningless. :-)

How many people live in depression? Are you a person who lives depressed? Find work my friend. Find work and like that work. Whatever type of work you find, embrace it. Many people have "dream jobs". A person grows up and says, "I want to be a pilot. I want to be an actor. I want to be an athlete." This is great. We should all have dreams, as they push us forward. At the same time, while you pursue these "dream jobs", take delight in the work that is before you. I guarantee you, you will no longer be depressed. Find meaning in meaninglessness. Find meaning in the act of working.

If you find meaning in the act of working, then your life will have meaning. Yes, at the end of the day, at the end of our lives, everything will seem meaningless. However, if you find meaning in your toil, then your life will not have been meaningless. Today, just today, I urge you to find something that you like about your work. Then, when you get home, and you buy yourself a meal, take delight in that meal. That meal is the reward for your work. We toil so that we may eat so that we may toil again. Enjoy the work. Enjoy your eats and drinks, and your life will take on a new meaning. Try it.

There is a certain comfort and joy that comes from enjoying your work. A pixel is only a minute piece of a larger image. By itself, a pixel is meaningless. It represents nothing. However, many pixels placed together create something spectacular. The same is true of our daily lives. Each day can seem like a boring routine, meaningless in and of itself. However, once we place each of our days together, a life is created. Therefore, in reality, just as a pixel contributes to the larger image, each of our days contributes to our life as a whole. In that, we can find meaning. We can find meaning in our toil. We can find meaning in eating and drinking and in doing it all over again tomorrow.

Truth is experienced. Experience it.

EL

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      I don't bother you! Why bother me? Unless.....

      If "my belief" is to "teach" (Matthew 28:20), what concern is it of yours?

      Don't like it! Take your advice!

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      William Kovacic 17 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Norine,

      I don't necessarily agree with the conclusions of this hub, but when are you going to learn to shake the dust off your feet and move on?

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      Norine Williams 18 months ago

      "Hey El, isn't this still terrific? LOL"

      You continue to show who YOU are! If one would look how "boastful" you are (in the flesh; Romans 8:8), how you use GOD'S WORD - (HE SEES) - and because of your "sins" will be treated as they were in the above Scriptures!

      Too bad YOU don't have "ears" to "hear!" Mark 4:9 "...He that hath ears to hear, let him hear!" However, if you don't "worship in the Spirit" not in Christ! John 4:23-24 "True Worshipers "MUST" worship in Spirit and in Truth!" Does your "boasting" ("Hey El, isn't this still terrific?" And then, "LOL?") show that you are "worshiping in Spirit and in Truth?"

      "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather GIVE PLACE unto wrath; FOR IT IS WRITTEN, "VENGEANCE IS MINE; I WILL REPAY, SAITH THE LORD" (Romans 12:19)!

      "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom..." (Proverbs 9:10)!

      "Woe be unto those shepherds who lead my sheep astray, SAITH THE LORD" (Jeremiah 23:1)!

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      JG Hemlock 18 months ago from VISIONS AND DREAMS

      Jeroboam, the first king of the Northern Ten Tribes of Israel, was struck down by God because of his many sins and leading the Israelites away from the Lord (2Chronicles 13:20).

      Hananiah, a false prophet who led the people to believe lies, is killed by the Eternal within a year after God sent Jeremiah to convey to him his punishment (Jeremiah 28:12 - 17).

      Jehoram (also called Joram), the fifth king of the Kingdom of Judah, is stricken with a fatal bowel disease for his many sins (2Chronicles 21:18 - 19). It takes two years for him to ultimately die of the disease.

      Ananias and his wife Sapphira were New Testament believers. After selling some land, they decided to give the church PART of the proceeds but make it seem that they were donating the entire amount of the sale. The apostle Peter, however, saw through their mutually agreed ruse. After confronting each one separately regarding their sin, they both immediately died (Acts 5:1 - 10).

      The angel of the Lord executed Herod Agrippa I, who murdered the apostle James and tried to kill Peter, for elevating himself above mortal man (Acts 12:23).

      That is just a few of a very long list.... Yes God would say STROKE. Look on the bright side Norine, you still have time to repent and be a "Fisher of Men" instead of a stroked out drooling woman who does not listen and places herself above God and His mercy and slanders His prophets. At least it isn't death. Then you got no time to repent. Now that would suck more right? It's easy foo-foo just repent and humble yourself and stop this nonsense that is not about Yeshua.

      Hey El, isn't this still terrific? LOL

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      JG Hemlock 18 months ago from VISIONS AND DREAMS

      Yup. That is EXACTLY what the mockers, haters and slanderers always told the old testament prophets when they had to tell somebody some real bad news of God's judgments if they did not change their ways. Yes. A stroke. God does not lie. Yes. God would say stroke. He is going to smite you down very shortly if you do not stop these very bad things you do to people.. He is going to zip your mouth shut. I would heed that warning and repent and stop immediately.

      Oh and Norine, you have no pearls to cast, only dung. Just hatred and slander and you hurt the Lord's lost sheep, as well as His people. I am sorry to be the bearer of the bad news to tell you S-T-R-O-K-E. I would probably repent and stop this nonsense. God ain't playing no more with people like you. Sad that you think that I am joking.

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      Norine Williams 18 months ago

      Yes! Your "prophecies" appear to be just like YOUR jesus!

      DEMONIZED! Would JESUS say the things you say? "S-T-R-O-K-E?"

      Girl, you are "demonized" & very Un-Christ-like!

      I will no longer "cast my pearls among swine!"

      "Give not that which is holy unto the DOGS, neither "cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you" (Matthew 7:6)!

      BYE DOGS!

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      JG Hemlock 18 months ago from VISIONS AND DREAMS

      Did you know that a prophecy just came to me about you? The word was S-T-R-O-K-E. Now why would anyone ever want to give themselves a stroke? Hey El, I told you so. bahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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      Norine Williams 18 months ago

      Too bad! You're talking "flesh" which doesn't "please GOD" (Romans 8:8)!

      Yes, I did not say we are not to Glorify HIM in everything we do, I said "WE ARE UNDER NEW COVENANT which is ALL SPIRITUAL!

      II Thess 3:10-12 "work let him not eat" (FLESH)!

      I Cor 10:31 "whether you eat or drink," (To sustain FLESH)!

      Titus 2:7-8 "a model of good works." (WORKS done in FLESH; Eph 2:9)!

      II Tim 2:6 "hardest working farmer" (WORKS in FLESH)!

      You can "go on" with Scriptures that does not pertain to "The Spirit" all day but if "in the flesh," it does not please GOD for we currently live under New Covenant which is ALL SPIRITUAL and is not about "Eating, drinking and being merry," which satisfies FLESH and "Does not please (anyone but you) GOD" (Romans 8:8)!

      "Hemlock:" "Welcome back" (Devil's Advocate)! Y'all friends?

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      JG Hemlock 18 months ago from VISIONS AND DREAMS

      Good because we should always have joy and laughter in our hearts for our Savior! :) Yes! Do everything for the Glory of God!

      p.s. Did you snort your Living Water? I did when I read your writing and saw the comment section. God bless you and may you plant many seeds for Yeshua! :) Have a blessed day EL.

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      El Shaddai 2016 18 months ago

      JG,

      You literally have me laughing out loud!!! You made my day.

      Thank you for that! LOL!

      EL

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      JG Hemlock 18 months ago from VISIONS AND DREAMS

      Oh you poor dear El, you have now met the Hub Pages pharisee Norine. She will try to take over your page believing it is her own, finger pointing to herself. She is very proud and has a big ego and loves to run around calling people satan and demon. This is how she welcomes people and makes everyone want to love Yeshua. Isn't it terrific? LOL

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      El Shaddai 2016 18 months ago

      Norine,

      I disagree with your interpretation.

      2 Thessalonians 3:10-12, if anyone is not willing to work let him not eat, Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

      1 Corinthians 10:31, So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

      Titus 2:7-8, show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works.

      2 Timoth 2:6, it is the hardest working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.

      Should I go on?

      EL

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      Norine Williams 18 months ago

      Ecclesiastes is the most "UnSpiritual" Book in the Bible! It was written by Solomon during the time he had turned his heart from GOD and toward his 700 wives (or the flesh)!

      It's a new day now, with a New Covenant, which is ALL "SPIRITUAL!" Under the New Covenant, Romans 8:8 says "So, then, they that are in the "flesh" (Eat, drink & be merry?), cannot please GOD!"

      Your philosophy pleases "flesh" (you) and not GOD!