We have managed to invent a system where the losers lose and the winners lose. People that have made their way to the top, achieving everything we call “success”: a mansion, fame, money, security, travel, luxuries, designer everything, perfect bodies, are utterly miserable. Hidden behind their filtered lives are empty houses that are not a home, broken families, scandals, eating disorders, surgery after surgery to stay in the game, and endless comparison. Even Kanye says more money, more problems. The only thing at the top is realizing it is all meaningless and we’ve completely missed what it’s all about. We have incorrectly defined success, happiness, and fulfillment. Jim Carrey is going around every red carpet talking about how everything and himself is nothingness. Everyone thinks he’s lost his mind but I think he’s on the verge of breakthrough.
“People leave this world no better off than when they came. All their hard work is for nothing – like working for the wind. Throughout their lives, they live under a cloud – frustrated, discouraged, and angry.” – Ecclesiastes 5:16-17
For the middle, low-class majority, we are left idolizing over these snapshots and snippets of a little thing we like to call the American dream. We’re stuck on a treadmill, running in the same place, chasing a lie, a false dream, never getting off to move forward with our own callings.
“Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless – like chasing the wind.” – Ecclesiastes 4:4
Wanna know what the craziest part is? The Bible literally talks about this. A successful king in 935 B.C. “had it all”, every worldly possession you could want. He sat down and wrote a book called Ecclesiastes, all about how meaningless life is. None of this is new. We’ve been repeating the same mistakes in history for as long as humans have been around. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way we could save ourselves a lifetime of trouble, heartache, and rat-racing to just get to the point? To save you the trouble, although I highly recommend giving the Bible a chance, we’re all going to die. Everything you’ve worked for, your money, your reputation, your possessions, none of it is coming with you. Your fortune, your debt, the numbers on the scale or lack thereof, none of it matters. Take a deep breath and let all that crap go, feel the peace rush through you, and just be. Life is not that serious. Could it all be that simple?
“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11-12
True enjoyment is waking up each day and treating it as a gift. Understanding that each moment is fleeting and precious. Soak in every laugh, hold hands, say the words you always wanted to say, savor the taste of food, stare into the sunset and lose track of time, never deny yourself of a good cry, binge watch a show, eat another piece of cake, climb mountains, do things you never thought you were capable of, begin again and again and again, reach out to loved ones, be quick to apologize, get over it, go for a drive, sing loudly, dance often, take a bath, stop reading if the book sucks (keep reading if it’s my blog post), buy the ticket, get lost on purpose, find yourself on the way back, allow yourself to mourn, let yourself celebrate, push yourself the extra mile, give generously, receive with open hands, hold on tight to what is here, and let go of what is gone.
“If I find in myself a desire in which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” – C.S. Lewis
The other day I was in the park and noticed the cutest, chunkiest little baby girl running around. She waddled up to me and smiled, giggling and continuing on to the next person. That little human lit up the entire park, one person at a time. A few feet away, her parents were sat, absorbed into their phones, paying no attention to one of the greatest gifts life has to offer right in front of them. The little girl bounced over to her mom, falling down into her lap, trying to get her attention. Her mom shooed her away, completely missing sacred moments they will never get back. In no way am I trying to condemn or shame anyone. We are products of a fallen system that says you have to keep up with the world, rather than keep up with your child. We’re all guilty and I am no better, but I am done letting a faulty system rule my life. I refuse to waste away any more years on things that do not last. I’m tired of being an echo, bouncing off of cracked, stained, broken walls. I don’t want to miss a moment I will never get back.
It’s time to be a voice that defines things differently. Enough is enough, let’s be fed up with the cycle of fallen history. Let us rise up a generation that is brave and bold enough to walk the road less traveled. Let’s shake this world and make a change. Let us live a life that is meaningful.
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