I searched with my heart how to cheer my body with wine—my heart still guiding me
with wisdom—and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the children
of man to do under heaven during the few days of their life. I made great works.
I built houses and planted vineyards for myself. I made myself gardens and parks, and
planted in them all kinds of fruit trees. I made myself pools from which to water the
forest of growing trees. I bought male and female slaves, and had slaves who were
born in my house. I had also great possessions of herds and flocks, more than any
who had been before me in Jerusalem. I also gathered for myself silver and gold
and the treasure of kings and provinces. I got singers, both men and women, and
many concubines, the delight of the children of man.
Sounds like a pretty successful guy, doesn't it? He had houses and gardens and parks and vineyards and great possessions. He was living "the high life" of his day. He summed it up this way: "So I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem."
He had spent his days in pursuing great things and obtaining them. He "became great." And, when all was said and done, he concluded this: "Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun."
So, let me ask again, "What are you doing with today that has real value?"
If your day is spent entirely on your house, on your garden, on your fruit trees, on your treasures, then the answer is that you are doing nothing that has real value.
Do something today that has real value. Comfort a friend. Visit someone who is lonely. Visit someone who is a shut-in. Do something of eternal value that, at the end of the day, brings you nothing but the peace and pleasure of knowing your day was worthwhile.