Tell him there is “nothing new under the sun,” as Solomon says.
If you grew up in church you may have heard this phrase quoted many times like it is the words of Christ. It’s not.
In fact, Solomon was quite possibly depressed when he wrote it. When was the last time you allowed a depressed person guide your life?
This quote got to me throughout my life until recently. I grew up in church and I believe the Bible to be God’s Word, so everything in it must be something to live by, right?
Wrong. Some things are simply true accounts of what happened for us to learn from. This quote from Solomon is a case in point.
The quote comes from Ecclesiastes, where Solomon struggles to find the meaning of life. He finds it 12 chapters after this quote.
Last fall, at Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit, one of the speakers spoke at length about all of the things since Solomon that HAVE been new.
Like the resurrection.
Like Jesus walking on water.
Like the fact that I am writing this post on an iPhone.
After a bit it begins to sound ridiculous that I ever took this quote to heart as anything more than a true description of a soul struggling through dark days.
I’ve been there, and it sure feels like nothing special is going on when I’m there.
But there are special things going on.
Like the book you are writing.
Like the new song you are writing for your church.
Like the new backgrounds you are creating for the new series at your church.
Like your life. It’s never been lived before, and you get to bring it to life.
There is something new under the sun, so don’t let the depressed and negative people in your life distract you. In fact, don’t let them in your life at all. They’re not worth it.
Go do something new just to spite them.
Stuff that in your pipe and smoke it, Solomon.
What new thing are you going to do today?