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The older we get, the more we come to realize that our reputation and integrity are our most valued treasure. We also come to realize that the end of the journey often holds more value than does the beginning. Merlin, of King Arthur fame said it best, “Youth is wasted on the young.” Solomon is stating the case that, while frivolity, laughter and fun are enjoyable and memorable–it is our trials, the mourning, and the struggles in our lives that define us.
He also wants to make clear, that it means more to have a good name than it does to have a house full of treasure or a schedule full of games and parties. We all love to have fun. Games, vacations, family gatherings all are wonderful–but, it is our handling of life and its daily challenges that define us, strengthen us and equip us to lead and teach others about God and his power. Protect your name–do not let a circumstance destroy what you have built for a lifetime. Embrace those moments and people in your life that make you stronger. Don’t only seek yes men and charmers–seek those willing to keep you accountable and willing to speak the truth in love. They will bring you a great name and a lasting legacy.
God Bless You
and the day of death better than the day of birth.
2 It is better to go to a house of mourning
than to go to a house of feasting,
for death is the destiny of everyone;
the living should take this to heart.
3 Frustration is better than laughter,
because a sad face is good for the heart.
4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,
but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.
5 It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person
than to listen to the song of fools.
6 Like the crackling of thorns under the pot,
so is the laughter of fools.
This too is meaningless