Read Ecclesiastes 2:4-11
I enlarged my works: I built houses for myself, I planted vineyards for myself; I made gardens and parks for myself…Also I possessed flocks and herds larger than all who preceded me in Jerusalem. Also, I collected for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and provinces…Then I became great and increased more than all who preceded me in Jerusalem…Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.
Sometimes we think that the meaning of life is found in accomplishments and recognition, but in the end we realize that this way of life is meaningless too!
Have you ever noticed how often it is that the private lives of famous people are a mess? And yet somehow the world still manages to convince us that it would be great to be famous, to be widely recognized and rewarded for our accomplishments. Some people have a list of things they want to accomplish in life; they are certain that these accomplishments will make them feel fulfilled. But when they accomplish all their goals and still feel empty, they become disillusioned with life.
Like Solomon, they discover that this way of life is not full of meaning. Accomplishments only become meaningful when God is at the centre of them.