Recreation becomes the goal of life…. a meaningless life. (William Wilberforce, 18th-19th British statesman)

His full statement included “…almost any form of entertainment is pursued to fill the void created by a meaningless life.” Modern Americans seem to be endlessly seeking recreation or entertainment—sunning at the beach, camping in the mountains, taking cruises, etc. That can be an important and helpful part of life, but if recreation is the goal, it will be a wasted life.

I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless. (Ecclesiastes 2:1)