by Rex Yancey

When Everything You Always Wanted Is Not Enough
Graduation 2009
Rex Yancey
Ecclesiastes 1:2-11, 12:13-14

There is a story in Matthew 19 about the rich young ruler. He had everything one would think necessary to be happy and yet he lacked something. He was rich. He was young. He was a ruler. He had youth, wealth, and prestige. And yet, something was missing in his life. He experienced emptiness.

The prodigal son wanted independence, wealth, and pleasure. He got all of them. But he ended up miserable in a pig pen. Here are two young men who got everything they wanted and found out it was not enough.

There are thousands of examples in our generation of people who got everything they always wanted and found out that it was not enough. How many sports stars have been catapulted into wealth and the spotlight only to end up hooked on drugs, alcohol, and sex?

Have you ever tried to solve a Rubik's Cube? I used to try it and end up frustrated because I couldn't do it. Many people have the same feeling as they search for meaning in their lives.

The book of Ecclesiastes examines life and discovers that a meaningful existence can be found only by faith in God. This elderly man who had great wealth and traveled extensively realized that the more he learned the more insignificant he was compared to God's creation.

He examines many theories looking for fulfillment and satisfaction in life and eliminates them one by one.

I want us to look at some of the things he eliminated.

The word "vanity" comes from a word that means "breath or vapor." It describes that which is brief and has no lasting value.

Does man or the world in which he lives have a meaning or purpose? Or is man's brief life of no value at all?

-James said, "For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appeared for a little time, and then vanishes away." The psalmist said, "The days of our years are threescore years and ten, and if by reason of strength ...

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