Peace, Pieces, and The Good Life Ecclesiastes 1:2 , 7 – 8 , 14 NIV – 2 “Meaningless!

Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly
meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” 8 All
things are wearisome, more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the
ear its fill of hearing. 14 I have seen all the things
that are done under the sun; all of them are
meaningless, a chasing after the wind
Ecclesiastes 2:11 , 17 NIV – 11 Yet when I surveyed
all that my hands had done and what I had
toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless,
a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained
under the sun. 17 So I hated life, because the
work that is done under the sun was grievous to
me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the
wind.
Ecclesiastes 3:12 – 13 NIV – 12 I know that there is
nothing better for people than to be happy and
to do good while they live. 13 That each of them
may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all
their toil—this is the gift of God.
Introduction
1. There is a futility in life that the writer of
Ecclesiastes speaks to he says “vanity vanity
all is vanity.”
2. Two important follow-up questions are:
“Why does he say this?” and “What is this
observation trying to show us?”
3. The writer here is reflecting on life in a
philosophical way. He making general
observations about the nature of existence
and the nature of life.
• The writer is struck by the redundant and
cyclical nature of things.
4. In other places in the Book of Ecclesiastes
and Scripture, life is described in striking ways
meant to cause us to stop and think about
life’s meaning.
• Life is brief. Life is precarious. Humans are
finite. Life (time) can be wasted.
James 4:13-16 NIV – 13 “Now listen, you who say,
“Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city,
spend a year there, carry on business and make
money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what
will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are
a mist that appears for a little while and then
vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the
Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As
it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such
boasting is evil.”
5. The writer wants to create dissonance in the
reader otherwise they’ll just keep living without
ever thinking about what life really means.
• They will fall into the trap of existing instead
of living.
The Good Life
6. Everyone wants to live the good life, the best
version of their lives. But the truth is only not
everyone lives their good life.
7. Some people pretend to live the good life.
8. Many people lead conflicted lives.
• The struggle is rooted in our hopes for life.
When our vision of that life doesn’t match
reality it causes unrest, frustration, and
disappointment.
Peace and Pieces
9. I believe people want two things in life:
peace and pieces.
If you really think about it life is about peace and
pieces. We all are striving to find peace and or to
maintain peace in life. So the question is “What
brings peace?”
10. Peace begins with a harmonious relationship
with God.
11. Peace is experienced and maintained
through self-awareness and discernment in
life.
Both impact choices and our decision-making
process. Life is about meaning and significance.
The Right Pieces
12. Peace is experienced when the “main”
pieces of life are in place, lined up, in
order, and functioning. The right pieces
are important or one always feels that
something is missing or not quite right.
It has to be two things:
• The right combination of pieces and the
right pieces working together

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