The writer of Ecclesiastes leads us on a journey of evaluating the significance of life and work. Asking "What's in it for me?" leads him to despair. Despair blinds him to asking more important questions like "Whose am I? What has God called me to do? How can I exalt God through my life?" Don't let despair blind you to the presence and purposes of God. Let it drive you to seek Him and His perspective, so that you can rise to serve Him.
So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun.—Ecclesiastes 2:20