One injury, one affair, one arrest or one unforgivable misstep is all that it takes to go from being beloved by all to being the forgotten has-been. “There is no remembrance of former things, neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come by those that shall come after.” – Ecclesiastes 1:11
No, you’ve not stumbled upon some random Bible study, but instead, a random and sobering thought. I can’t help but align today’s date to that nugget of scripture that had an impact on me, even when I was a kid. One hundred years from now, everything and everyone will have been forgotten, regardless of what he or she does today or what occurs.
The amazing encouragement behind that wisdom is that for those of us who worry about what others think about us, in the end, no one will think about you at all. At the same time, for those who seek a “temporal immortality” by being famous or sought after, in the end, no one will think about you at all.
In regards to life, a popular quote says, “No one makes it out alive.” When you die, there will be a funeral and a handful of people or maybe thousands will lament you for an hour or so. And then they’ll rush back to their lives and do things to try to forget your death and how it forced them to consider their own mortality.
Perhaps, to you, this thought more depressing than sobering. Perhaps, considering this makes you feel empty. That’s exactly my point. Solomon, the author of Ecclesiastes, had everything: power, wealth, women and good looks. But still he felt empty. There is a value to that emptiness though. With it, we are likely motivated to search for something more than what satisfies us for a moment; something bigger than us. Through acknowledging what is truly emptiness, we discover our own need for something God-given that will fill us and give us a true and lasting purpose.
Or maybe all I’m saying is gibberish in this random and sobering thought. I digress.