I was driving around town today in my minivan, making some visits (no, I was not wearing my helmet as I did on Halloween, in case you are wondering), and I heard Ecclesiastes 2 on my Bible CD. Given the conversations with many people over these last two or three days, and my lack of time right now to come up with original material, I will post the words of the Bible itself–much better than anything I can say anyway. I hope you will take one minute to read and consider. The emphasis is mine. Here you go:

Ecclesiastes 2

I made my works great, I built myself houses, and planted myself vineyards. I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made myself water pools from which to water the growing trees of the grove. I acquired male and female servants, and had servants born in my house. Yes, I had greater possessions of herds and flocks than all who were in Jerusalem before me. I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the special treasures of kings and of the provinces. I acquired male and female singers, the delights of the sons of men, and musical instruments of all kinds. So I became great and excelled more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me. 10 Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart rejoiced in all my labor; and this was my reward from all my labor. 11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and on the labor in which I had toiled; and indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun.