23 February – Ecclesiastes 7:1

I recently read the book of Ecclesiastes, and I thought I would share some of the things that I learned from the book.  The book begins with Solomon’s listing of all of the things that he had pursued in order to find satisfaction.  The result was emptiness.  He concluded that there is no lasting satisfaction in anything without God.

Chapters 7-11 are basically a listing of proverbs.  This listing seems to have more purpose to it than many of the chapters of Proverbs.  The thoughts that I would like to share come from this section of the book.

A good name is better than a good ointment,
And the day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth. Ecclesiastes 7:1

Some people write their own eulogies or their own epitaphs.  There may be some wisdom to that because we do want people to remember us for the things that we did that were of value.

What do you want people to remember about you?  Are you interested in being remembered for truly important and valuable things?  I recommend that you look in the Bible.  Galatians 5:22-23 is a good place to start since those verses list the fruit of the Spirit.  As you read the Bible, make a note of the qualities that you admire and the qualities that God commends in people in the Bible.

When you are thinking about your accomplishments and people’s response to you, it is easy keep the focus on yourself.  Drawing attention only to yourself will actually not make your qualities to be enduring.  What will make your life worth remembering is living it for God’s glory.  I Corinthians 10:31:   Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

It really isn’t necessary to write your own eulogy.  Live your life for the glory of God, and you will be remembered for the things of value.

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