The holiday season is not easy to escape. We barely finish the Thanksgiving turkey before it’s time to shop for Christmas on black Friday. In a season that’s meant to represent pausing and giving, we seem to rush forward and consume more.
Work can feel the same way. How many times do we get caught in a cycle of mindlessly completing item after item with little regard to the impact of each project or opportunity?
The book of Ecclesiastes knows a thing or two about this cycle of the seasons, and the feeling of emptiness and repetition.
In chapter two, we read of Solomon, the King of Jerusalem, who was the “man of the land” in his time. If you need a glimpse of what this would be like today, imagine a very rich, notable, bachelor who frequently pops up in the news because of his extravagant adventures, purchases, and indulgent behavior.
Solomon was a full-blown consumer of all things worldly — there was no limit in his eyes.
However, as we see in Ecclesiastes 2:10-11, Solomon recognizes that nothing of this world can cure the longing for fulfillment: “I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.”
In work, we can easily fall into the trap of running and running to the next item, especially in the holiday season.
There are Christmas parties, school functions, end of year deadlines, and an array of holiday shopping to get done in such a short amount of time. As we bounce from project to project and one holiday function to the next, we can easily find ourselves at the end of December feeling like we were simply “chasing after the wind.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” So as we head into the month of December, let’s take a moment to pause and be thankful for the season we are in. Because when this season passes, we won’t have the food, the decor, or even the most vivid memories as spring arrives.
But if we turn our attention to the Lord, He will make this season purposeful. Because that’s all that truly matters.
Your work matters,
Elise Farrell, Events Manager