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The German Traveller

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Thu 1 Jun 2023


Bible reference(s): Ecclesiastes 2:11

Recently, I heard about a young German woman who had been travelling non-stop for five years. She'd just arrived in Australia to travel for two more years, and was really excited about what she was going to see and experience. She wanted to spend her life travelling.

This sounds wonderful—enjoying and experiencing the pleasures of the world.

But she reminds me of a Biblical figure who also lived his life in the pursuit of pleasure—the author of the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. For after living a hedonistic life, he concluded in Ecclesiastes 2:11 that in the end:

everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.

I wonder if that German traveller will find this out:

that no matter how good experiences and pleasures are; as the Bible says, we need something permanent and solid in our lives.

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