“That which has been is that which will be, and that which has been done is that which will be done”. Ecclesiastes 1:9
Hope in this life—for those who have no other life—means believing we’re making progress, moving ahead, learning new things. Life will be different if we can just…if we can just…just what?
Herodotus and Thucydides, Greek historians of the fifth century B.C., said the major problems of their day included the threat of war, the breakdown of marriage and rise of divorce, the rebellion of youth and their preoccupation with fads, the corruption of politics and injustice in the courts, and the terrible condition of public roads. What has history taught us? Not much. “There is no remembrance of earlier things,” Solomon says; “and also of the later things which will occur, there will be for them no remembrance among those who will come later still” (1:11).
We’re passing on to the next generation only that which is marketable—but what of integrity? What of wisdom, vision, courage?
Instead of the transient, repetitive, aimless motion of futility, we find the permanent, fresh, focused motion of significance in living in Christ for the glory of God.
An assignment: Ask yourself, what am I going to leave for my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren—three generations to be affected by me? What can I do now that will be remembered—and be truly significant?