A couple months ago, Karie and I went to the campus of Ball State University to listen to Karl Rove, the presidential chief of staff, who George W. Bush called “The Architect” behind his wins. Though there were hundreds of grey-haired people in the auditorium, there were hardly any students. This was a man who just a few years ago was one of the most powerful men in our nation.
A couple weeks ago we went back to the same campus, this time to hear a man who speaks to college kids about suicide and depression. A line wrapped around the building and down several blocks. We barely made it in. Hundreds of other students had to watch from an overflow building. Who would have guessed that hundreds of students on a campus that has been ranked as the #1 party school in the nation. Here are young people in the prime of their youth. And they’re suicidal. They’re depressed.
This week a study came out showing that young adults, ages 18-25, had the highest level of mental illness in ‘09. They’re looking for a life of joy. When Solomon wrote these words, he had made a lifetime’s worth of mistakes. He tried everything under the sun and this life and just piled up the guilt and regret and emptiness. In this passage Solomon calls us, especially those of us who are younger, to live a life of joy.
Last time (vv. 1-6) we saw because life is uncertain, we should live the life of faith. Tonight we see because aging is certain we should live the life of joy. How do we do this? How do we live the life of joy?