Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 7:1-2:
"A good reputation is better than a fat bank account.
Your death date tells more than your birth date.
You learn more at a funeral than at a feast (party).
After all, that's where we'll end up. We might discover something from it."
When I die, I don't want any regrets. I need to make sure that what I am living for now is worth dying for. A lot of the things I keep myself busy with just don't matter. Like most people, I give much of my attention to what is happening now. I should be doing more things that have long term benefits, thinking more about eternity.
Tonight, I heard Dr. Royce B. Short say - "No one is ready to live until he is ready to die. You don't know what is important in the present until you see it in the backdrop of eternity."
This is what we can learn at a funeral:
- We are reminded of our mortality. One day we will die.
- Our minds think about what matters most in life.
- We may ask - What do I need to change in my life?
- We contemplate rearranging our priorities.
- We consider excluding things that can shorten our earthly life.
- We understand that life will be meaningless if we live just for this life, not considering eternity.
- We remember that we can't take our stuff with us.
- We realize that now is the time to turn to God. Time goes by really quick. Death is final. We have to prepare now to meet our Creator.
So, I had better get busy so I can give them something good to talk about.