When it comes to biblical kings, no one achieved quite as much as Solomon. Israel flourished under his reign. He oversaw the construction of God’s temple. He built himself a royal palace. Rulers would travel long distances to see his wealth, bringing with them gifts of gold and jewels. He could answer any question posed to him. He had his choice of women. He had been blessed with every good thing one might wish for in a lifetime.  If anyone should have been happy with what they had achieved in life, it should have been Solomon. But in the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon painted a different picture. He literally says, “I hated all the things I toiled for under the sun …” He explains, “because I must leave them to the one who comes after me.”

Solomon figured something out. We can’t take it all with us in the next life. Our promotions, houses, awards, cars, and vacations stay behind.  Wondering what actually matters in life?  Solomon found an answer for that question. At the end of Ecclesiastes, he sums it up, “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.”

At first glance, this might not seem like the most inspirational thing ever, but take another look. Solomon says that these are the things we should seek to achieve in life: fearing God—which means loving Him, respecting Him, and doing what He asks. We’re used to the world saying, “Run! Don’t stop. See these expensive things? See these accolades? Thousands of other people want them, but don’t let that stop you. Fight for them! Go! What else are you doing with your life? Life is a competition, and only the best will succeed.”

But God’s Word says, “Love God. Do good.”

Think about how accessible this is to everyone. No matter whether you’re single or married. Rich or poor. Young or old. Healthy or sick. Love God and do good.

Think About This: What would change about today if your only goal in every situation was to love God and do good? How will you achieve this goal?