Time & Effort

The cartoon movie “The Road to El Dorado” had a budget that was $95 million and took 4 ½ years to make.


I recently saw it in one of those movie bins at Wal-Mart. Guess what the price tag was for a $95 million movie which took 4 ½ years to make? All of $3. Actually $1.50 because it was a combo pack with another movie. All that time and effort done by so many people (watch the credits sometime and see how many people it takes to make a movie) just so you can get it for $1.50 at a Wal-Mart movie sale.


Time and effort are not always appreciated. We pour our hearts into a project we are doing, and at the end of the day we get a, “That was nice” or, “Good job” and life goes on. It is the nature of the beast. What impresses us today does not impress us tomorrow. We are looking for the bigger, better buy. Where does this path lead us?


In Ecclesiastes 2:17-23 the writer talks about the meaninglessness of toil. We work hard to create something only to pass it on to others who will not appreciate it like we do. It is meaningless! What is the point of it all if we see our hard work and sacrifice be squandered by those who come after us who don’t care like we did?


The answer is that we do not live for the toil. The writer continues, “There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God. For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him? For to a person who is good in His sight He has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, while to the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting so that he may give to one who is good in God’s sight. This too is vanity and striving after wind” (Ecclesiastes 2:24-26).


As is repeated throughout the book, true purpose only comes from following God. Why? Because everything else fades away eventually. This week keep your eyes on what’s important.