by Stephen Whitney

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Chasing the Wind (1 of 40)
Series: Ecclesiastes
Stephen Whitney
Ecclesiastes 1:1-4

Harold Hart epitomized a typical Wall Street success story. He made his money trading stocks. Each day watching the ticker tape he moved money in an out of stocks and over the years made a lot. Though struggling as a youngster he was now a millionaire many times over. He had it all. One evening someone came to make a deal with him. He was resting peacefully in his favorite chair,
with servants waiting on him hand and foot. The man sat there awhile waiting as Harold stared blankly into space.

Finally he muttered, "You know, nature has played a great hoax
on man. You work all your life, go through endless numbers of struggles, play all the little games, and if you're lucky you finally make it to the top. Well I made it a long time ago and you know what? It doesn't mean a thing.

I tell you nature had made a fool of man and the biggest fool of all is me. Here I sit, in poor health, exhausted from years of playing the game, well aware that time is running out and I keep asking myself, Now what genius? What's your next brilliant move going to be? All that time I spent worrying, maneuvering - it was all meaningless. Life is nothing but a big hoax. We think we're so important, but the truth is, we nothing."

Ted Turner, the American media mogul and founder of cable television network CNN, has made so much money that in 1998
he gave a gift of $1 billion dollars to the United Nations to support their work in the world. In an interview with Barbara Walters said,
"Success is an empty bag. But you've got to get there to know it."

Without God life becomes empty and meaningless because all you have to live for is today because there is no hope for the future.

The classic statement Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die
is a combination of Ecclesiastes 8:15 eat, drink and be merry along
with Isaiah 22:13 Let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we shal ...

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