We’re talking about that “Fortune 500” type who grabs the brass ring and makes things happen!
Here’s the brief autobiography of one such man:
In other words, he arrived, having achieved affluence. Visibility. Status. Perhaps even respect.
And then he indulged! “I denied myself nothing…” (Ecc. 2:1-10)
But here is the kicker: According to his autobiography,
“…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.” (Ecc. 2:11)
How is this possible? Had he not achieved it all? The answer is, “No, he had not.” And the reason?
- None of his achievements could fill his inner emptiness. As Pascal sagaciously observed, “Inside of every man there is a God-shaped vacuum that only God can fill.”
- Jesus Christ cautioned, “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?…A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Matt. 16:26; Lk. 12:15)
How tragic it would be to have climbed the ladder of success, only to realize too late (as did Solomon) that you had leaned it against the wrong wall.
QUESTION: “Which wall is your ladder leaning against?”
My prayer is that you are having a great week!