Friday, July 6, 2012

Ecclesiastes 1:2-4

"Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever."
Ecclesiastes 1:2-4

Life certainly feels like this sometimes, doesn't it?  And in many ways, the things that we do here matter very little.  We're probably not going to make a ripple in eternity with our latest work product or the cool new thing that we bought.  We live, we die... what is the point?
Glad you asked. :)  Let me tell you.  The point... the thing that WILL make a ripple in the eternities... is you.  You are the reason that you are here.  This isn't to say that we should all immediately embrace selfishness.  On the contrary... but really, we are the reason that we are here.  As Neal A. Maxwell said, we are each other's clinical experience.  We are here to learn, to refine ourselves, to change, to improve, and to prepare for the life and eternity after this.  There is so much to learn, and all the vanity of vanities around us... we can learn from it, and grow, and change.  What matters isn't the work product or the cool thing, but learning to work... learning to give, learning to love, learning to find the joy in the midst of pain or sorrow.  Learning to interact and embrace each other.  Today, let's focus a little less on the product or the thing, and a little more on the people.  Let's change the things that we don't like about ourselves, and let's be better and cooler. :)  And if we get stuck, or down, or confused about why even try, or how does any of it make sense... then let's go to our Father and talk to him about it.  He knows the reason... the general reason for us all, and the specific reason for each individual.  He'll help us find our way.

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