Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
Key Verse: Verse 2 - “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.”
Key Words: all is vanity
Would you not agree with me that Solomon at this point in his life is a miserable person, in spite of the fact that Solomon proved to be a skillful diplomat, was great at developing a strong economy (I Kings 4:7-20), and was a great military leader (I Kings 9:15-19)? He built the temple of God. Solomon was a wise and remarkable man, but here he is now a miserable old man.
The following was taken from The Gospel Herald and gives us a pretty good glimpse into why Solomon was so miserable – and why so many others are miserable as well.
How to Be Perfectly Miserable
- Think about yourself.
- Talk about yourself.
- Use “I” as much as possible.
- Mirror yourself continually in the opinion of others.
- Listen greedily to what people say about you.
- Expect to be appreciated.
- Be suspicious.
- Be jealous and envious.
- Be sensitive to slights.
- Never forgive a criticism.
- Trust nobody but yourself.
- Insist on consideration and respect.
- Demand agreement with your own views of everything.
- Sulk if people are not grateful to you for favors shown them.
- Never forget a service you may have rendered.
- Be on the lookout for a good time for yourself.
- Shirk your duties if you can.
- Do as little as possible for others.
- Love yourself supremely.
- Be selfish.
What to do:
✞ The key to victory over misery is remembering that life is not about you; it’s about Jesus Christ.
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