I’ve been asking this question a lot lately. What’s the point of it all? It’s both a simple question and profoundly deep question. In every area of life we are faced with this question: What’s the point? How am I to live in this crazy world with any sort of point or meaning. Even as I am typing this, my head and thoughts are going in a thousand different directions. What’s the point of this blog post? What’s the point of work? What’s the point of the Church? What’s the point of having fancy stuff? What’s the point of relationships? What’s the point of life?
Everyone asks this question. Most of us are afraid to voice it. I’m attempting to overcome this fear with this post. And a few people truly and genuinely answer it:
What’s the point?
The writer/teacher asks this question in the book of Ecclesiastes. He says, “Meaningless! Meaningless! Utter meaningless! Everything is Meaningless!” Each succeeding chapter says the same thing, “Everything is meaningless.” Wisdom, advancing in life, riches, joyful feasts, rewards, unfairness between the righteous and wickedness and so on.
In chapter eight he reminds us that of all our efforts attempting to figure life out and discover meaning is in fact meaningless and even the wisest of all people cannot really comprehend what’s going on here on this earth under the sun.
So what’s the point?
Ecclesiastes is an interesting book. In chapter nine, the teacher attempts to answer this question as he reflects on it all. He basically says in the midst of this meaningless life to enjoy the time with your loved ones, your wife, your children, your deep friendships. We are all going to die. All the possessions and “things” we try to accumulate are truly meaningless, but LOVE and relationships; there’s something there to at least enjoy during this short life we are given.
The teacher ends his reflection the same way he started:
“Meaningless! Meaningless! Everything is Meaningless!” (Ecc. 12:8)
So what’s the point?
The love and holiness of God is the point. The teacher reminds us to “Fear God and keep his commandments” (12:13)
Of all the ways we try to make life about us–to find meaning in “stuff”, we are reminded that we are but a vapor, a single breath, a speck of dust.
The point is GOD and to live in God’s presence. To love God with everything we have, and to love our neighbors!
Liturgy reflection: The Liturgists (Michael Gungor and friends) have created a reflective experience based on Ecclesiastes. It’s awesome. I find a lot of meaning in it. :)