So, my hubby and I watch a lot of “reality” shows. Our favorite, hands down is Duck Dynasty. Who wouldn’t like a bunch of redneck millionaires who get into crazy highjinks??
The other night, we were watching a show called Amish Mafia. While we were watching it, the same question kept coming up…”is this really for real?” That got me to thinking…how much of these so called reality shows are actually real??
There’s even a channel on tv called “Tru TV”. If you watch any of their shows, a lot of them have a disclaimer at the beginning that state that the show isn’t real, but a reenactment.
So, what is real?? In a world where “reality shows” aren’t real, how do we tell the difference between what is real and what is not? My daughter is 3. Right now, she thinks that Santa is real. We have some gifts under our Christmas tree & she thinks that Santa put them there. Now, my 7 year old son knows differently. He knows that grandparents sent those gifts.
It seems that a lot of people have a hard time deciding what is real and what isn’t. They think fame, money, status, job security is real and will bring real happiness. Others think that maybe one relationship or another will bring real satisfaction. For centuries, mankind has been searching for “reality”.
The writer of Ecclesiastes did this. In chapter 2 of Ecclesiastes, he says “I said to myself, ‘Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.’ But that also proved to be meaningless.”
He tried everything, he did everything. He amassed great amounts of “stuff & things”. At the end, he found it all to be meaningless…chasing after the wind. Ever done that? Chased wind? I’m pretty sure it would be pointless…and people would probably laugh at you.
In the end, the writer said this “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the duty of every human being.” – Ecclesiastes 12:13.
Everything boils down to that. Our purpose in life…fear God and keep His commandments. That is my reality, and I hope it’s yours too.