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Gone With The Wind




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  READ: Ecclesiastes 1:2-9,14

All is vanity and grasping for the wind. —Ecclesiastes 1:14


The epic film based on Margaret Mitchell’s novel Gone With the Wind opens with these lines:

“There
was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old South. Here in
this pretty world, Gallantry took its last bow. . . . Look for it only
in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind.

Not
only does a way of life disappear but also the dreams that drive the
main characters. Throughout the Civil War, Scarlett O’Hara is
preoccupied with her love for Ashley Wilkes. But by story’s end, she is
disillusioned.

Solomon saw the futility of seeking satisfaction
in people and things. Despite amassing wealth and knowledge, completing
great projects, and marrying many wives, he said, “All is vanity and
grasping for the wind” (Eccl. 1:14).

Why does chasing transitory
things leave us unfulfilled? The biblical answer is that we were
created to find our ultimate fulfillment in God. Jesus promised, “I
have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more
abundantly” (John 10:10).

People and things come and go. But the
spiritual satisfaction Christ offers sustains us in this world and will
endure into eternity.  — Dennis Fisher

What comes from man will never last,
It’s here today, tomorrow past;
What comes from God will always be
The same for all eternity! —Spencer

Invest your life in what pays eternal dividends.

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