Perspective is everything. 2.18.11 & 10.3.12

by Aaron K.

From Evernote:

Perspective is everything. 2.18.11 & 10.3.12

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

Wisdom is seeing life from Gods perspective. The clearer and more accurate that perspective, the greater the wisdom. Death offering the truest most accurate vantage point on life. Funerals and death, remind man that they are but brief vapors…not that big a deal in the grand scheme of things. Death properly aligns priorities, revealing that our relationship with God and others are the true treasures in life. 99% of the things that occupy our minds throughout a typical day are revealed to be rather insignificant when viewed in light of eternity. A verse like this can seem like a bummer, but it is really the gateway to the blessed life. The same thing that happens when someone is told by a doctor that they have a year to live…they suddenly begin to savor life more because they now know it is limited. In reality, we all live with a death sentence and finite amount of time, we just don’t have it clearly defined and daily in our mind like a person with a terminal illness. What if we thought about our death more often?…perhaps each day would be experienced more as a gift, enjoyed more like how God intended. Action. My sons, knowing that life is fragile and can be taken at any moment allows one to more functionally live in a blessed state. Daily viewing life with the end in mind properly aligns priorities and perspectives, freeing us to better savor each person and moment of the day. For we know that tomorrow is not guaranteed and that our everyday challenges when viewed in light of eternity aren’t really worth a moment of our worry.