5 The living at least know they will die, but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward, nor are they remembered. 6 Whatever they did in their lifetime—loving, hating, envying—is all long gone. They no longer play a part in anything here on earth. 7 So go ahead. Eat your food with joy, and drink your wine with a happy heart, for God approves of this! 8 Wear fine clothes, with a splash of cologne!
9 Live happily with the woman you love through all the meaningless days of life that God has given you under the sun. The wife God gives you is your reward for all your earthly toil. 10 Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.
Herein lies the philosophy of our culture today...live for now! Death is the end of all things so enjoy everything before you die. Life is meaningless but hold on as long as you can and enjoy it as long as you can.
But for those who have the eternal view we are to remember that this life on earth is not the final destination, we are just passing through. Our long-term perspective of life requires us to have a different philosophy regarding how we live here on earth. No matter how crazy this life may become it is not meaningless and without purpose. We are here to fulfill the will of God and to be made more in His image and likeness. This life is the prelude for eternity and our actions here have eternal ramifications. If we look at life from this perspective then many of our actions will change. OUr priorities will change too...
Think about what are priorities are and ask yourself if they reflect a eternal perspective or a temporary perspective.