I’m reading the book of Ecclesiastes and find it to be a book of perspective. The narrator talks about how depressing life can be when people seek happiness and pleasure from worldly things.
The book seems really negative at first. But once I understood the ‘perspective’ of the narrator, I saw the world through his eyes. He’s a wise person who’s trying to find meaning in things that won’t last. The narrator tries everything and nothing provides meaning.
He finally accepts that putting one’s faith in God is the only way to find personal meaning. Life is worthless without him. The only perspective that matters is to focus on a divine, eternal God and to not chase fleeting pleasures.
A Time for Everything
1 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
2 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4 A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.
5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
6 A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
8 A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.