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Summary: Most of us will come or have come to the point in life where we realize that life is disappointing, that our dreams will not all come true, and that our impact on this world is marginal. The let down of life will get to us sometime, somewhere. We Christ

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The Let Down of Life

(Ecclesiastes 1)

Intro

Note: most of these illustrations were borrowed from Sermon Central; further info on Larry Walker, the man who ascended 16,000 feet in a lawn chair with weather balloons can be found at truthorfiction.com Do a search there--it is a great illustration to read aloud.

1. a 5-year-old boy who came to his mother & asked, "Where did I come from?" The mother took a deep breath because she had dreaded the moment when he would ask that question. But she was determined to answer it truthfully. So she started explaining in explicit detail the whole reproductive system, conception, birth, everything.

About 20 minutes later, her bored little boy interrupted & said, "But mommy, where did I come from? Jimmy said he came from New York."

2. Well, where did we come from? Where are we going? What’s it all about?

3. For Millennia, Philosophers have long written about the meaning of life.

1.Some have concluded that life has no meaning; others tell us to pick any meaning we want and pretend it is so. If it works, don’t worry about whether it is true.

2.Most of us think about the deeper things of life here and there, in bits and pieces; if we think about life by setting aside massive periods of time, we would probably become severely depressed.

3.So some folks partially follow the advice of Solomon and try to enjoy life.

For example, there is the true story of Lawn Chair Larry. Larry Walters in 1982 tied 45 weather balloons to his lawnchair. To his surprise, he went up to 16,000 feet but dropped the bee bee gun he brought to shoot down balloons and descend. Finally a plane spotted him and called for help.

4.But there more meaning to life than merely finding ways to distract ourselves.

5.Solomon wrote the book of Ecclesiastes near the end of his life, about 935BC.

6.Solomon addresses some of life’s biggest questions: How can we really matter? Where can we find true intimacy, or can we? What is a healthy balance in life? Why are we here? Can we understand why things happen the way they do? Does life have meaning? IT is THE book for those who want to think deeply about life.

7.Chuck Swindoll summarizes 3 lessons from Ecclesiastes:

(1) The sensual lure of something better tomorrow robs us of joys offered today.

(2) The personal temptation to escape is always stronger than the realization of its consequence.

(3) The final desitnation, if God is absent from the scene, will not satisfy.

MAIN IDEA: Most of us will come or have come to the point in life where we realize that life is disappointing, that our dreams will not all come true, and that our impact on this world is marginal. The let down of life will get to us sometime, somewhere.

TS--------We Christians are not afraid to think about these things; because we have a Word from God, we are better equipped to address the questions and objections common to mankind. We can tell it like it is because we have a purpose beyond what is visible "under the sun."

I. It Seems We Make No Permanent Impact on the World (1-11)


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