The One True Accomplishment

Read: Ecclesiastes 12:11-14

Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. (v. 13)

I can list hundreds of unfulfilled dreams from childhood. I desired to go to army school, wanted to marry a girl I was infatuated with, and dreamt of being a Bollywood movie star. Then, I desired to join the Indian air force and fly a jet. The list goes on and on. In other words, the list of my failures is longer than my successes. And few successes, in reality, just fell into my lap without my really working for them.

The lesson of wisdom from the book of Ecclesiastes is that there is no human being “under the sun” who has achieved everything they desired (2:1-11), and no accomplishment fully satisfies (6:7). There are suppressed regrets and sorrows behind every smile, and everyone ultimately faces the tyranny of time and age (8:8; 9:11). Life is more than our accomplishments.

In contrast to the “vanity” and “striving after the wind” lamented in Ecclesiastes, Jesus didn’t mention accomplishments among the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-12. His definition of accomplishment was very different, and at the end, Jesus promised an eternal, lasting reward (v. 12). In other words, even with our failures, we can receive a blessing that will stay with us forever. Achievement in worldly success matters little. Showing God awesome respect and obeying him is all that really matters. We do this through our one true blessing in life—Jesus Christ. —Dr. A.K. Lama

As you pray, ask God to help you pursue the accomplishments that really matter.

About the Author

Dr. A.K. Lama serves as Words of Hope’s Director for Ministry to South Asia. Dr. Lama is fluent in six languages, and holds a PhD from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois. Dr. Lama is married to Dr. Asangla Ao. Together they have two daughters and one son.

This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series Be Still and Know