Comedian Mark Lowry sings a song about settling down in first class on a flight home to Nashville, only to hear the pilot announce the destination is Omaha. His song, “First Class, Wrong Flight,” contains this lyrical response, “I thought why should I sweat it, I’ll eat my steak and smile. It’s not important where I go, I’m going there in style.”
That attitude sums up Solomon’s description of his life in Ecclesiastes 2:4-17. He had the best of everything, but when he considered all he had accomplished and worked for, he found “all was vanity and a striving after wind” (v. 11).
When you come to the end of your life, will your first-class flight have delivered you to your desired destination? This is a question with eternal implications as well as earthly ones. From an earthly perspective, you may find yourself like Solomon, feeling like you have wasted your life trying to please yourself instead of investing your life on behalf of others. But Solomon knew that God has “put eternity into man’s heart” (3:11). We are all headed to one of two eternal destinations. It’s important to know that, but it is also important to consider what we are doing as we travel along the way.
How are you investing in eternity today? In what other ways can you begin to live more for eternity than the here and now?