The Thrill of Youth
When a person is young, it is easy to lose sight of one’s purpose in this world. That is because they have more energy and drive with a voracious appetite to match that seeks out all the pleasures that the world has to offer. They do this with reckless abandon; not considering the consequences of their actions. Their justification is that you only live once and you better make the most of it.
Youth Doesn’t Last
Who has time to ponder the meaning of life when you are having so much fun in your youth? Even though being young can be fun, it does not last. The day will come, when all of a sudden, the things that we enjoyed doing in our youth, loses its appeal. Why does this happen?
As we get older, our energy and drive decreases; as well as our state of mind. As we age, we come to the realization that we have more years behind us than we have in front of us. We look back in our lives and ask what kind of impact have we made in this world. Then we discover, too late, that we squandered our youth and have nothing to show for it. We realize the consequences of our youthful excesses and discover, rather bitterly, how foolish we were in our pursuit of worldly pleasures.
Fear God is Our Purpose
“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Everything is meaningless!” (Ecclesiastes 12:8 NIV) The preacher understood that the pursuit of desire is an absurd exercise and man cannot be satisfied by it. The source of all joy does not come from the things of the earth, but from the One who created all things: The Lord God Almighty. With this in mind, the preacher reveals the purpose of our existence: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NIV)
Who is the Boss?
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them” (Ecclesiastes 12:1 NIV) The Almighty is the One who determines our eternal destiny. When we recognize the authority of the Lord when we are young, it prevents us from doing things that we would probably regret later in life. For example, if we are faced with the choice of indulging in something like promiscuity, knowledge of God’s authority would make us think twice before committing it. It may be fun at first, but in the long run, the Almighty will make sure we face the consequences of our actions.
Accepting that God is in charge helps us to understand that all forms of pleasure on this earth are gifts from the Almighty. Pleasure, in itself, is not sinful; otherwise the Lord would not have created us with a desire to pursue it. It becomes a sin when we let the pursuit of pleasure be the thing that drives us in life instead of letting the Almighty guide our path.Therefore, when we are having fun, we ought to do it with moderation and remember to give thanks to the Lord for giving us such delights.
A Request to the Young
Those who are young believers in the Lord, I urge you to make the most of every situation and make an impact in this world for the Almighty. Do not wait until you grow old to do the work of God, otherwise it would be too late. Your legacy for the King of Kings begins not when you are old and mature, but when you are young and full of energy.
Truly Satisfying Life
The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd. (Ecclesiastes 12:11 NIV) This is the wisdom that the preacher, who received it from the Lord, bestows to all of us. Living a life for your own pleasure is meaningless, for it builds no return for eternity; which we will all go in the end. On the other hand, if we live our lives for God, we will reap rewards in eternity and receive praise from the Almighty. Therefore, let us exercise the wisdom of God while we are still young, and live a life that is truly satisfying.