I love the Utah Jazz. It's great watching Ricky Rubio drive to the hoop, or those lobs to Rudy. I love seeing Joe Ingles get under the other team's skin. I loved how they shut down that Hardin guy. It's all a lot of fun, and very exciting to watch.
But reflecting on the end of the year,, these guys put in so much effort to win. Even if they won everything, won the championship, what does it mean? You can achieve fame and fortune, but what have you really accomplished of lasting significance?
King Solomon from ancient history had everything you could want in life. He had riches beyond imagination. He had hundred or thousands even of wives. You would think he had it all. But read his word, reflecting on his life:
Ecclesiastes 1 New International Version (NIV)
1 The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:
says the Teacher.
Everything is meaningless.”
What do people gain from all their labors
at which they toil under the sun?
Generations come and generations go,
but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises and the sun sets,
and hurries back to where it rises.
The wind blows to the south
and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,
ever returning on its course.
All streams flow into the sea,
yet the sea is never full.
To the place the streams come from,
there they return again.
All things are wearisome,
more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
nor the ear its fill of hearing.
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which one can say,
“Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.
No one remembers the former generations,
and even those yet to come
will not be remembered
by those who follow them.
12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind! 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
So what is the meaning of life then? To answer this question, one must find out why mankind was created in the first place. The Truth is an amazingly powerful thing. It is there, and you can find it. You won't find it in the Mormon church. You'd be hard pressed to find it in the Catholic church. You won't get it by sending money to some preacher on the TV. Maybe Grayson Allen knows the truth, you can ask him. But for sure, you can open the Bible and just read it. You can just ask God, "Please, show me the truth about you and about this world we live in. I want to know."
You know, there is a war on to keep you from this truth. It's been raging since the beginning of mankind. The dark side who seeks to keep you from The Truth offers you all the pleasures of this life. But you could drown in the emptiness of seeking and obtaining these things.
The Bible is true. The God of the Bible is real, and He is the one who created this place for His own purposes. It is when we seek after God and the things of God that we find peace, contentment, joy of a lasting nature.