Remembering God in the Excitement of Life

Ecclesiastes 12:1 - Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore.”


Last week, I was riding in my car with the windows down, singing an old country song on the way to the grocery store. As I sang, I began daydreaming that I was on the stage of The Voice, singing this exact song to the crowd. All of the judges flipped their chairs over at the exact same time when they heard my voice! The crowd was cheering, and the lights were flashing as I ended the song on a high note. Everyone went crazy as the judges all fought over the chance to train me.

For a whole week, I practiced the same song over and over again, continuing the same daydream. Then at one point, I stopped daydreaming. I thought, “Maybe I should see what it takes to be a contestant on that show.”


The next day, I was reading my Bible and randomly flipped to Ecclesiastes 12:1 where it says, “Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore.”


This verse hit me. It was kind of a wake-up call. Though I was only day-dreaming about being professional singer on reality TV, I realized then how ridiculous that dream really was. God had not called me to do that. The last thing I need is to pursue fame and forget about my true purpose. God called me to something better! He called me to do exactly what I am currently doing: writing blog posts, making podcasts, leading worship at my church, and spreading the gospel. That is my purpose.

When Solomon wrote this verse in Ecclesiastes, he was writing from experience. He was warning young people everywhere to not make the same mistakes he did in his youth. Most of Solomon’s young life had been a blur of excitement. He was one of the richest and wisest kings in history. He had wealth, wisdom, women, land, power, and a prosperous nation to rule. But even though he made the country of Judah extremely wealthy, he did something very wrong: he forgot his Creator. Thus, towards the end of his life, he was a depressed old man who wrote the book of Ecclesiastes to warn people of the fleetingness of life.


Solomon is expressing throughout Ecclesiastes that youth is fading. No one can be youthful forever. (As a 27-year-old woman, I am beginning to realize this from experience.) He is warning young people that if they forget God in their youth, they will miss out on all the wonderful bless