In our sermon series The Art of Living Well we have been suggesting that wise people read life and its patterns well.
Ecclesiastes 1:3 questions:
What does man gain from all his labour at which he toils under the sun?As the following verses unfold it becomes evident that pursuing gain is futile. Ian Provan, Ecclesiastes pg 63 sums it up this way:
To all those who try to “gain” from life whatever it is they claim to be doing, Qohelet presents stark reality… The universe is not designed to enable “gain” to happen and those who attempt to fly in the face of reality can only ever know grief and frustration in the end”So this is the pattern of life, how do we apply these insights skilfully to the choices at hand and how do we enact this with integrity and care? Ideas anyone- (for Sermon on Sunday)?