I sat by my desk one night and took a good look around my bedroom. I stared at my table, full of lotion, my phones, full of selfies, my laptop, full of contacts, my makeup bag, full of products, my closest, full of clothes, my rack, full of shoes, and everything else I could possibly set my eyes on.
I looked at them all, and the first thought that God placed in my mind was, “All of this is vanity.”
Sometimes in life, we human beings tend to exert an enormous amount of energy into the trivial things that will eventually leave us behind when we die. We obsess over things like beauty, body image, physical appearance and money, social status, finances, circles and connections. We work all day to be ranked amongst the ‘best’, we do all we can in order to mingle with the elite, and we go beyond our own capacities just to feel that temporary sensation of being ‘worthy’.
We chase after all these things with so much eagerness; only for them to vanish into thin air in a couple of years. They vanish because they’re momentary. They vanish because they are nothing but vanity.
The bible has a lot to say about this particular word. Ecclesiastes. In proverbs 31:30, we are reminded that “Charm is deceptive and beauty is vain, but a woman who honors the Lord is to be praised.” while 1 John 2:16 says “For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.”
It is certain that vanity yields a feeling of satisfaction. One can derive joy from looking beautiful or being very wealthy. However, one thing we must remember is that these feelings are not eternal, but rather, they are temporary. They will eventually fade away at some point in our lives. They will leave us hanging when we’re laying ill on our deathbeds. They will forsake us on the Day of Judgment and none of them will matter to in the slightest of ways.
So I ask myself, why then do we chase after all these things with so much desperation?
For the women who lose sleep at night because they are not ‘beautiful.’ ask yourself – is beauty going to get you into heaven? For the people who don’t rest until they rub shoulders with the higher echelons of our society – ask yourself, are your rich friends going to get you into heaven? For the men who chase after money every second of the day, ask yourself – is money going to get you into heaven?
No. The answer is no.
So what exactly are we all fighting for? What is the point of toiling day and night when our produce will eventually fade away and leave us to fend for ourselves before God? Ask yourself, is it all really worth it?
Let me remind you that you came into this world with nothing, and with nothing you shall return. If you have been breaking sweats over trivial things like beauty, and fame and money, take a step back and remind yourself that when you die, all these things will die with you. You will not take your Rolls Royce to the grave, nor will your Instagram followers follow you to heaven. All is vanity – you will leave each and every one of them behind one day.
I’m not insinuating that we should relax and not work hard to make ends meet while we’re here on earth. In fact, the bible encourages us to work in Proverbs 12:24 where it says; “The hand of the diligent will rule, while the lazy will be put to forced labor.”What I’m implying is – while you labor tirelessly for one thing or the other; try not to kill yourself over it. Do your best and leave the rest to God. The things you lust over are not eternal – they will come and they will surely go.
So if you are a “loser with no friends”, do not worry too much about it. Your feeling of worthlessness is only temporary because the number of friends you have will not matter at the pearly gates of Heaven. Do not worry about your face – your makeup skills – your hair – your relationships – your social status – your level of wealth – your cars – or your houses. Look at these things as a bunch of empty pleasures which will ultimately whisk away in due time.
Focus on the things that actually matter – the things that will count even after you die. Focus on your purpose, focus on your calling, and most importantly; focus on your relationship with Jesus Christ. These are the things that carry value. These are the things we should daydream of – because unlike fame and fortune, they actually last a lifetime.
Remember that God will not ask for how many Instagram likes you had when the Day of Judgment comes. So if those are the types of things that you’re worrying about right now, please, I urge you to renew your mind. The things of this world don’t matter. What will count is what you have with you for eternity – which is your soul. What are you doing with it? How clean or dirty has it been? Did you ever make it through your individual walk with Christ? Pay attention to subjects like this, because anything else is nothing but vanity.