START WITH THE CONCLUSION

A Satisfied Mind. This sounds so appealing…like such a good feeling…almost worth stealing. But we are worn-out, burned-out and stressed-out. We live in a “pressure-cooker” world and according to statistics we are not handling it very well. Stress is making us sick mentally, emotionally and physically. We are restless and cannot seem to stress-less.
 One contributing factor is communication. We know too much about what is going on. We are constantly bombarded with “News from Around the World” almost instantly and guess what? Most of it is bad. And if it is good, we don’t pay much attention to it. We focus on the “locust.” We concentrate on the things that complicate. It is good to “turn your radio on and listen to the music”…but only if it is the right kind of music.
Another contributing factor is our fast pace world. We are definitely in the fast track when it comes to living. We eat fast food and live our lives in the fast lane. I heard about a movie titled, “Fast and Furious.” But we don’t have to watch it, because we live it. We are furious because life in our generation is so fast. A soap opera is named, “The Young and the Restless.” But in our world, we are all “restless”…young and old and all in between.
We try everything for a satisfied mind. Drugs, alcohol, work, eating, exercise, vacations, affairs, moving from one place to another, changing jobs, changing mates, and a host of other things, but nothing works. Something is always missing. There is still a void. An empty place. A vacancy. What is it? What does it take to have a satisfied mind?
The answer is in the book of Ecclesiastes. This is Solomon’s dairy. His journal. It is his dairy about his decisions. It is his journal about his journey. It is his search for a satisfied mind. It records his reaction in his search for satisfaction.
In this inspired volume we have what Solomon tried, then what he replied, and finally what he cried. He tried wisdom, women, work, wealth, and wine. But he was still miserable most all of the time. He tried pleasure and possessions. But his mind was not pleased or at ease. He replied over and over, “It is all meaningless.” Nothing he tried worked. He finally reached a conclusion. His conclusion was his solution.  
Here it is: Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all (Ecclesiastes 12:13).
Or in the words Jesus: “But seek first the kingdom of Godand His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
The “kingdom of God” is Jesus “ruling on our hearts.” The kingdom is “within” (Luke 17:20-21). Jesus came to make it easier to practice what Solomon taught. It is easier to “remember our Creator” (Ecclesiastes 12:1) if we understand how much He wants to be remembered (He sent Jesus to die for us) as well as why He wants to be remembered (because our Father loves us). He has put “eternity in our hearts” (Ecc. 3:11) because He wants to spend eternity with us. This is what is missing in the lives of most. Putting God first and letting our light shine creates internal joy….and a satisfied mind. Solomon’s conclusion (Ecc. 12:13) is to put God first (Matt. 6:33)….which is always the best way to start.
Wayne Dunaway

 

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