As young adults, we all want something. We are in the building years, trying to establish careers, homes, families, or reputations.
And it seems we are hard to satisfy. We are picky. We keep our options open. We have unrealistic expectations. We are notoriously unhappy and unsatisfied. We always want more. If we just had more, we would be happy.
There is at least one glaring problem with that line of logic, and his name is Solomon.
Better than You
King Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes, which we previously studied at The Porch, along with a book about romance (Song of Solomon) and the majority of a book about wisdom (Proverbs).
He was also better than you, in pretty much every way.
Not just you, but me, A-list movie stars, Fortune 500 CEOs, and every U.S. President. Few people in history have a resume that could match Solomon’s, and most of them have the word “King” (or some variation) in front of their names. Which means that, no matter what you may accomplish with the rest of your life, Solomon will still most assuredly be better than you.
In fact, there is probably not even a single area in life where you could surpass him. Solomon was:
In other words, whatever earthly things you might be chasing after, Solomon had them and had them to the absolute max.
If any of those things had the power to bring happiness, then Solomon should have been the happiest guy on the planet.
Ecclesiastes shows us otherwise.
Writing the book after he had achieved all of his success, Solomon starts off by getting right to the point:
“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”
– Ecclesiastes 1:2
You see, there is one benefit to having absolutely everything: you can know for certain that none of it has any true value. The rest of us may falsely believe that we will finally be happy when we have this job, or that amount of money, or this type of relationship. When we get those things and find that we are still not happy, we somehow think that the solution is to get yet more of what we already have. Solomon knows better—he knows it for a fact—and is desperately trying, through Ecclesiastes, to keep us from making the same mistake.
Don’t repeat the experiment. Don’t waste your life chasing after meaningless things.