lessons from Ecclesiastes

A contest that you’ll lose…eventually

Ever heard the word misnomer? Ever heard the phrase popularity contest? You can use one to figure out the other.

Let me further explain in case you’re not getting my point. A misnomer is “a wrong or inaccurate use of a name or term”. A popularity contest sounds like something you can win, but the thing is, you can’t truly win a contest that never ends.

You see, the majority of the today’s audience has neither knowledge nor desire for yesterday’s Top 40; today’s politician may study historical races, but they have to gain the vote of today’s people; the “big-man” on the football team soon becomes a legend in his own mind as his old records are described as just that – old. And it’s all thanks to pop-culture.

When the culture changes (and it will), you lose the contest! This is why the right thing to do isn’t always the popular thing that gets done, and this is why God doesn’t try to win a popularity contest with people, nor should we as a Christian (Matthew 7:13-14). EA

Better a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who will be admonished no more. For he comes out of prison to be king, although he was born poor in his kingdom. I saw all the living who walk under the sun; they were with the second youth who stands in his place. There was no end of all the people over whom he was made king; yet those who come afterward will not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and grasping for the wind.Ecclesiastes 4:13-16

Good Mourning?

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 7:2)

Did we hear that right? There’s such a thing as good mourning? Most would say good ridden to an idea like that, but Solomon says nothing reminds us of our destination likeGraveyard the visible departure of others. The sight of mortality often demands an examination of our own morality, and its effects can be downright sobering to a heart drunk with carnal fun and frivolity! So yes, there is such a thing as good mourning, because the mourning helps prepare us for the night to come, for the way we end our day determines how we will begin the next. EA

I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.” (John 9:4)