Ecclesiastes has  long been one of my favourite books of the Bible, even before I studied it under the tutelage of one of my brilliant professors in Bible College and learned that what we normally translate as “vanity” is in fact, a mis-translation.

A better way to translate that word is what the original Hebrew intended, which would be “vapor” or “breath” (transliterated as “hebel”). The idea here is not of the futility of life, but then of the shortness of it.  Vapor has a purpose, as does breath.  Neither could be classified as vanity or meaningless.  Yet, the span of their existence is short, precious and should not be wasted.

I believe that is how God wants us to live our lives, with the knowledge that it does not last forever.  So enjoy what He has given you and live every moment for Him, to the fullest.

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