But there are many more quiet, personal experiences that affected my life in a more dramatic way. I have enjoyed another decade of marriage to my wonderful, faithful wife, Peggy. My daughter has advanced from pre-school to high school, my son to middle school and both are in or near the teen years (a truly memorable parenting experience).
I have served Christ the entire decade with the loving people of Valley Baptist Church by his grace and provision.
Solomon searched for meaning in life, or true prosperity, in the vast earthly resources God gave him. He was the absolute ruler of Israel, immensely wealthy and wise in an unparalleled way. He invested and built and grew and indulged in every earthly way possible. Yet his conclusion was “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What advantage does man have in all his work which he does under the sun?” (Ecclesiastes 1:2-3).