You’ve been saving up for weeks. Stayed in on the weekend, given up on coffee, and now they’re in your hands. The new Stan Smiths. Or, for the ladies, the latest Urban Decay palette from Mecca Maxima (Queen Street is where it’s at, y’all).
These are the moments instagram was born for.
But a few days later, when the newness is starting to wear off, are you still as excited with your find? Are you satisfied? Would you be happy just wearing those sneakers for the rest of your life, or as soon as you walk out the front door, do you see something else you have to have to finish off your look?
If you can buy one pair of shoes and stop there, you’re a saint. Please tell us all how in the comments section below! Now, to the rest of us… Desire never seems to stop, does it? Some argue this is social media’s fault. Perfect images and ads wait to blast us as soon as we log on. (Ladies, where’d you find out Michael Kors handbags are it this season? Gents, where did you come across Yeezys? Yup, probably social media.)
Funnily enough though, if you look at many ancient texts, it seems that the things we want have always failed to satisfy us. Almost three thousand years ago in the Near East, one author came to the same conclusion.
“Everything leads to weariness—a weariness too great for words. Our eyes can never see enough to be satisfied; our ears can never hear enough.” (Ecc. 1:8-9) He wondered: was this really true, or had he just not had enough pleasure? So the author (a super, super rich dude):
“decided to cheer myself up with wine and have a good time. I thought that this might be the best way people can spend their short lives on earth.
I accomplished great things. I built myself houses and planted vineyards. I planted gardens and orchards, with all kinds of fruit trees in them; I dug ponds to irrigate them. I bought many slaves, and there were slaves born in my household. I owned more livestock than anyone else who had ever lived in Jerusalem. I also piled up silver and gold from the royal treasuries of the lands I ruled. Men and women sang to entertain me, and I had all the women a man could want.”
What an overachiever. This guy didn’t just have one house. He had many (the Aucklander in me is fainting 😛 ). Same with women. He played the field like no one has ever seen it played. Read the last line again. Sounds kinda standard? Actually, the translators are just being polite. In the original text, this phrase literally means he had a separate building filled with women to sleep with. Eesh.
Ok so he had wealth, fame, and lots (and lots) of women. But what was the result?
“I thought about all that I had done and how hard I had worked doing it, and I realized that it didn’t mean a thing. It was like chasing the wind—of no use at all.”
Well that’s depressing. How can we ever find satisfaction when someone with the budget of a Kardashian can’t?! If we read on, that book tells us the problem is we’re actually not looking for pleasures big enough.
Christianity claims there is a God, that He loves us, and has designed us to spend eternity with Him. No wonder temporary things can’t cut it. Curious? Skeptical? Why not click here and check Him out either way? If worldly pleasure is fleeting, whatever else you’ve got going on can afford to wait 😉
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