ECCLESIASTES 8:15 "Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labor the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun."
The whole book of Ecclesiastes is devoted to proving that everything in life is a vanity.
Solomon has lived a full, rich life. He has owned houses, land, animals, ships, and even
people. He had a thousand women, yet nothing satisfied. As he came down to the final days of
his life here, there was only one thing he could commend and that was mirth. In Ecc. 8:15 he
says there is no better thing under the sun and that it is the only thing he has found that
will stay with with us all of our life. He started out in chapter 2 verse 1 saying it, too,
was vanity. In verse 2 he says laughter is mad. But by chapter 8, he begins to see that joy
is the only thing a person can get out of life. If everything in life is truly a vanity, then
we may as well be happy while we are "doing time" here, waiting for a better place to go!
Once at age 2, my daughter colored all over my wall and the back of a chair with bright red
crayon. As I came into the room she looked down, betraying crayon still in hand, and said,
"The Debble made me do it Mommy." I had to go into the bathroom and have a good laugh before I
could punish her. More recently, at age 28, she yelled, "MOM," from the nursery in her home.
I hurried on the scene to find her with her newborn baby girl, naked, in her arms and pee all
over everything! Once again I had to go into another room and laugh, though she vehemently
told me she didn't think it was funny! She probably won't laugh when she reads this either.
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