That headline is taken from Ecclesiastes 12:8 (NLT). Some Bible translations read, "Vanity of vanities, ... all is vanity." Ironically, the word "meaningless" is more meaningful for us today. Expressed in this phrase is the core theme of the book of Ecclesiastes. As part of the Poetry and Wisdom Books of the Bible, Ecclesiastes reveals the emptiness of life apart from God.
The author, King Solomon, had tremendous riches, wisdom, success, singular achievements, his pick of women, and every pleasure the ancient world offered. Yet, in the end, he concluded that none of these earthly things brought satisfaction. And if we, like Solomon, live too firmly anchored to this world and its many pleasures and pursuits, we will miss out on true contentment as well.
This introduction to the book of Ecclesiastes is a great reminder to maintain an eternal mindset:
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