Funerals better than parties. 10/2/11

by Aaron K.

From Evernote:

Funerals better than parties. 10/2/11

Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties. After all, everyone dies— so the living should take this to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us. A wise person thinks a lot about death, while a fool thinks only about having a good time. (Ecclesiastes 7:2-4 NLT)

These verses stuck out in my mind alot this weekend, as my Friday night was spent back stage at a concert and the next morning was spent at a funeral. Having them so close together revealed to me the contrasting nature and wisdom in verses above. Parties do little for refining perspective in life…for they are fun, understanding that celebrations are much needed for us all. Funerals bring a much different lens, allowing us to see our lives in light of death…which tends to refine our priorities. Laughter is great, but we can easily hide behind it…while sorrow exposes gaps in life and brings us humbly to our knees before God. Action. My sons, walk a cementary or sit in on a funeral, for a wise thinks much about death, living each day ligh of eternity…and by doing so he is blessed, for only when life is seen as a vapor and fragile can it then be lived most fully with gratitude and enjoyment of the days and moments we are given.