Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Good Name

1 A good name is better than precious ointment,
And the day of death than the day of one’s birth;
2 Better to go to the house of mourning
Than to go to the house of feasting,
For that is the end of all men;
And the living will take it to heart.
(Ecclesiastes 7:1-2, New King James Version)

A Good Name

What is in a name? How does one establish a good name? Having come from a small town of about 8,000, and now living in a town of about 5,000, I have a very good picture of the importance of having a good name.

For some reason, it seems as though people would easily believe something bad about a person than something good. It is almost as if they are waiting for a person to fall so that they can pounce upon them. Unfortunately, one bad experience can ruin a good name.

I am very careful in my treatment of piano students and their families, as one bad situation could ruin my reputation as a good teacher. As Christians, it is doubly important that we maintain a good name, as we are representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ.

However, Solomon does not stop here. What does he mean when he states:

And the day of death [is better] than the day of one’s birth;
2 Better to go to the house of mourning
Than to go to the house of feasting,

We are a fun-loving society; there is nothing wrong with that, but how much deep-thinking do people do at a party? How much deep-thinking do people do in the house of mourning? In the house of mourning, we are much more likely to ponder the meaning of life, and our own shortness of life. We know that one day, we are the one who will be lying in that coffin. In terms of eternity, yes, the house of mourning is better than the house of feasting.

How can Solomon say that the day of one's death is better than the day of one's birth? As Christians, that is not hard for us to understand. Even in the best of lives, life is filled with great sorrow, as well as frustration over the challenge of dealing with one's own sinful nature.

When we reach the day of our death, all sorrow and sadness will flee away, and we will be safe in the arms of our Lord for all eternity.

Yes, we can easily agree with Solomon in these verses.

A good name is better than precious ointment,
And the day of death than the day of one’s birth;

Go, this day, and live for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, for that is the true meaning of life!

God Bless You,
Linda

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