My Belts are Garbage

Volume 7 | Issue 31

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Ecclesiastes, Meaningless, Money, Power, Purpose, Solomon, Wealth

Bible Verse(s)

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

Discussion Starter

When Mike Tyson entered the ring the question was never, "Will he win?" it was always "How many seconds will it take to knock the guy out?" For 15 years Mike Tyson was boxing. He was a superstar, he made a lot of money, he was followed by paparazzi, he had endorsement deals, and a video game named after him. Mike Tyson had everything.

So, when Mike Tyson looks at a table full of his heavyweight belts and says they are garbage you know something has changed in his heart.

In the Bible we read the words of Solomon, the world's richest and most powerful man:
“Meaningless! Meaningless!”
says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
Everything is meaningless.”

If you take the time to look around at people who are truly rich, famous, and powerful they all come to the same conclusion: It's all meaningless if you don't have a real purpose in your life. For Mike Tyson, his purpose is found in his children.

For us this begs the question: If pursuit of fame, power, and riches is ultimately meaningless what is meaningful?

3 Questions

1. Would you rather be wealthy and lonely or poor and have friends?
2. What does it mean to have power today?
3. What are the positive and negative effects of money on people's faith in Jesus?

Chew on this

If most rich and powerful people say it's meaningless than why do so many smart people aspire for it?

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