Ecclesiastes 1:2 says ‘Vanity, vanity – all is vanity!’.
The closest I’ve come to ever using the word ‘vanity’ is in attempting to sing ‘You’re so vain’ by Carly Simon! Now I’m really showing my age. That’s all until just the last week. I’ve had a hunch but now have faith that if I attempted to do all of the stuff I see other people doing it would all be … you guess it – vanity. And that’s my problem … I’m often lured into over admiring the great stuff other people are doing that I get distracted from all the stuff I’m doing.
If I fell for the traps of imitating someone else’s call, even for a second, it would be one second of vanity. If I moved church, house, city or plans to be where it’s at, it would a move of pure vanity or as the NIV translation puts it – meaningless.
Significance and meaning is only entered into through being faithful to your call, your frontier, your mandate and your piece in the puzzle.
All the rest is … vanity. I don’t want God singing any Carly Simon to me from now on.