The Treadmill

By Jason Hoyt
Executive Director

“A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises. The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns. All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where streams flow, there they flow again.”  Ecclesiastes 1:4-7 

The treadmill has just started. The dawn of a new semester. We are all literally in the 3 minute warm up stage of the semester.  The portion where you have to go to class but you really don’t yet have to study but it looms in the back ground.  As the semester goes, the task list of to do items never seems to get shorter and the struggle to complete a never ending list leaves us frustrated and tired.  All of it reveals in my heart that I search continuously for more, for bigger, for better with none of it leading to greater satisfaction.  

Why is this?  Might it be because our soul longs for something greater?

Solomon seeks and finds the answer in Ecclesiastes 2:24-25.  “There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil.  This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from Him who can east or who can have enjoyment?”  The answer is lasting enjoyment experienced by the soul is a gift from Jesus.

In summary, the treadmill of life leaves us searching for answers and searching for more.  The real enjoyment of life comes when we jump off the treadmill daily and fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith.  Then and only then does the treadmill of life have its fullest meaning and we can joyfully attack the never ending list of things to do. 

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