Nothing New Under The Sun – Mom was right.

May 29, 2006

My mom was a self-educated philosopher—so I thought. She was quick to remind us six kids that, “There’s nothing new under the sun.” I always wondered how she knew that.

What she meant by that statement was that we couldn’t fool her. She knew about all “that stuff”—after all, there is nothing new under the sun.

That statement was made a long time before my mom made it, and it was King Solomon who said in Ecclesiastes 1:9, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

There is some comfort in knowing this, but no comfort when you think that terrible events and cruelty against people have always been as they are today.

It’s hard to imagine that fathers have always thrown their children out of hotel windows, or that mothers tossed their children off the Golden Gate Bridge. But, we know from history that such acts have been a part of the human condition since it began. We have access to so much information these days, it is hard to escape the global tragedies of even far away places.

In the context of King Solomon’s statement, he was reminding the people of Israel that without an eternal perspective, all of life is futile and without purpose. There are days when life seems to be an endless cycle of activity. Those days existed even back in 931 BC when King Solomon received a wise and understanding heart from God in order to rule the nation of Israel after the death of his father, King David.

Solomon was so smart, that the Queen of Sheba traveled a great distance to confer with him, mostly about how the King acquired his wealth—and kept it. Make no mistake; however, the Queen had acquired her own share of wealth along the trade routes.

We know from history that there is nothing new under the sun and that a life lived with purpose is more fun and more memorable than one with aimless expectations.

Mom agreed with King Solomon on that one too.

About Kay Wilson-Boltonhttp://www.kaywilsonbolton.netWith a full-time career in real estate, I can add to your bank of knowledge, not only in real estate but in many areas of life that deal with people and relationships and choices. My real estate career has taught me many lessons about planning ahead and looking forward. I believe in helping along the way so that they can be the best they can be in any situation. I serve as a Fire Department Chaplain and Coordinator for the Many Meals Project which serves homeless and hungry families in my community. The event is far more than many meals. I make pastoral visits to the inmates in the County Jail System and offer them what God says about "all things being new" and His remarkable plan for our lives. I have served my community as Mayor and in many volunteer capacities. I serve others by serving God first. My husband is involved in prison ministry and is a graphic artist. We live a simple life in Santa Paula with an office cat named Scout, three rescued poodles and two cats at home.

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