The writer of Ecclesiastes laments that all is vanity.

Seminary gave me a good way of handling the word. Vanity is loosely translated from the Hebrew as “a wisp of wind.” But what does that mean?

Thomas à Kempis lived in the latter part of the 14th and early part of the 15th century, his words resound today.

Ponder as he describes vanity.

“Vanity, it is to seek after perishing riches and trust in them. Vanity also it is to hunt after honors and to climb to high degree. Vanity, it is to follow the desires of the flesh, and to long after that which thou must afterwards suffer grievous punishment. Vanity it is, to wish to live long, and to be careless to live well. Vanity it is to mind only this present life, and not to foresee those things which are to come. Vanity, it is to set thy love on that which speedily passeth away and not to hasten thither where everlasting joy abideth.”

According to Ecclesiastes everything is vanity except to love God and serve Him only. This is the highest wisdom.