Life is Precious. I have heard this phrase many times and I have seen and felt a couple of instances to conclude that it is indeed precious. Life is valued so much by people, am sure even animals do so because they do fight to survive too sometimes. And by the power of this life, some great inventions and changes have come to life. Another life can give life, just not God’s breathe of life, the humanly form. That kind of life is of another power and so life is considered precious.
The inventions that have been made from time to time come with manuals. You know…. that book or paper that tells you how to operate something or guides you to use something. It is scribbled on most things so that we know how to use them or else they can be misused. With the spirit of a manual, I drove my curious mind to the Human manual (THE BIBLE), I looked at one of the books at random that talks about life. So, I opened my Good news Bible and somehow, I landed in the book of Ecclesiastes. I laughed on the first title I saw in Chapter one, Life is Useless?
Vs 2“Life is useless, said the philosopher. Life is useless, all Useless.”
I can only imagine of the emphasis he makes. And the interest of the word life is useless began.
Vs 14-15,” I have seen everything done in this world, and I tell you, it is all useless. It is like chasing the wind. You can’t straighten out what is crooked; you can’t count things that aren’t there.”
Chapter 2 Vs 1,” I decided to enjoy myself and find out what happiness is. But I found that this is useless, too.”
Even happiness is useless? I continued
Vs 22 “You work and worry your way through life, and what do you have to show for it? 23 As long as you live, everything you do brings nothing but worry and heartache. Even at night your mind can’t rest. It is all useless.”
Imagine the sleepless nights you have had, Life has its worries. Its normal, they say.
Vs 24” The best thing we can do is eat and drink and enjoy what we have earned. And yet, I realized that even this comes from God. 25 How else could you have anything to eat or enjoy yourself at all? 26 God gives wisdom, knowledge, and happiness to those who please him, but he makes sinners work, earning and saving, so that what they get can be given to those who please him. It is all useless. It is like chasing the wind.”
If you can Chapter 4 Vs4 I have also learned why people work so hard to succeed: it is because they envy the things their neighbors have. But it is useless. It is like chasing the wind. 5 They say that we would be fools to fold our hands and let ourselves starve to death. 6 Maybe so, but it is better to have only a little, with peace of mind, than be busy all the time with both hands, trying to catch the wind.”
If you relate to this, you know what he means.
For the people who like to compete with their neighbors, it is useless! ha-ha the philosopher has said.
Vs 7 I have noticed something else in life that is useless. 8 Here is someone who lives alone. He has no son, no brother, yet he is always working, never satisfied with the wealth he has. For whom is he working so hard and denying himself any pleasure? This is useless, too—and a miserable way to live.
Enjoy life even when living alone. Learn to be satisfied.
Vs10 If you love money, you will never be satisfied; if you long to be rich, you will never get all you want. It is useless. 11 The richer you are, the more mouths you have to feed. All you gain is the knowledge that you are rich.
The richer have more to worry about
Vs18 Here is what I have found out: the best thing we can do is eat and drink and enjoy what we have worked for during the short life that God has given us; this is our fate. 19 If God gives us wealth and property and lets us enjoy them, we should be grateful and enjoy what we have worked for. It is a gift from God. 20 Since God has allowed us to be happy, we will not worry too much about how short life is.
Great piece of advice.
Chapter 6 Vs 1 I have noticed that in this world a serious injustice is done. 2 God will give us wealth, honor, and property, yes, everything we want, but then will not let us enjoy it. Some stranger will enjoy it instead. It is useless, and it just isn’t right.”
Other people enjoy what others work for i.e. corruption, taxes or various money scandals that have occurred.
10 Everything that happens was already determined long ago, and we all know that you[a] cannot argue with someone who is stronger than you. 11 The longer you argue, the more useless it is, and you are no better off. 12 How can anyone know what is best for us in this short, useless life of ours—a life that passes like a shadow? How can we know what will happen in the world after we die?”
There is no guarantee that we know what we plan will happen.
Chapter 7 Vs 4 Someone who is always thinking about happiness is a fool. A wise person thinks about death. 5 My life has been useless, but in it I have seen everything. Some good people may die while others live on, even though they are evil. 16 So don’t be too good or too wise—why kill yourself 17 But don’t be too wicked or too foolish, either—why die before you have to? 18 Avoid both extremes. If you have reverence for God, you will be successful anyway.
The key to successful life is very Simple. We do not have to make it complicated.
Chapter 8 Vs 11 Why do people commit crimes so readily? Because crime is not punished quickly enough. 12 A sinner may commit a hundred crimes and still live. Oh yes, I know what they say: “If you obey God, everything will be all right, 13 but it will not go well for the wicked. Their life is like a shadow and they will die young, because they do not obey God.” 14 But this is nonsense. Look at what happens in the world: sometimes the righteous get the punishment of the wicked, and the wicked get the reward of the righteous. I say it is useless.”
Ver sad and unfair.
Chapter 9. Always look happy and cheerful. 9 Enjoy life with the one you love, as long as you live the useless life that God has given you in this world. Enjoy every useless day of it, because that is all you will get for all your trouble. 10 Work hard at whatever you do, because there will be no action, no thought, no knowledge, no wisdom in the world of the dead—and that is where you are going.”
The truth hurts but only the ones who are strong and truly get time to understand, are aware of this.
Chapter 12 Vs7 “Our bodies will return to the dust of the earth, and the breath of life will go back to God, who gave it to us.:
8 Useless, useless, said the Philosopher. It is all useless.
12 My child, there is something else to watch out for. There is no end to the writing of books, and too much study will wear you out.”
We are in the 21st century and a lot has been written from time to time and so we read what we can. We should not trouble ouselves with unrealistic goals — know the measure of human capabilities.
Life is precious, life is short, life is unique, life is everything and yet it can also be nothing. We are ambassadors on earth and so we should enjoy every moment despite the challenges it gives us because nobody knows what will happen after we die. Try to live your best before and help one another till we go back to our maker.
Written by Lyfe Chami.