Long ago I wanted to find meaning, so I set out on a journey.
I wanted to find happiness and true joy before I was laid out on the gurney.
I knew that there was something out there worth treasuring;
But nothing that I found held up to my measuring.
Meaningless, meaningless, everything I did was such.
Everything I did under the sun didn't accomplish much.
It was folly, a chasing after the wind;
Something that caused grief and a heart that would not mend.
I tried everything that had to do with wisdom and knowledge
I was even more wise and knowing than any professor in college.
But even wisdom and knowledge caused me much grief;
For like the fool, the wise man's life is brief.
In my search I even tried folly and madness
But found that both of these only cause grief and sadness.
I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;
But found emptiness when I looked at everything I had acquired.
Now all has been heard and this is what I achieved,
Wisdom, folly, toil and riches aren’t "it" like I once believed.
The conclusion is: Fear God and follow Him with all your soul;
For this is man's duty, the act that makes him whole.
-By Daniel Ingram, Elm & Hudson church of Christ, Altus, OK