Monday, March 15th, 2010
"Better is it to go to the house of mourning." (Ecclesiastes 7:2)
Jehovah kindly warns us that if we allow our heart or our eyes to lead us toward what is harmful, we must expect to suffer the consequences. (Galatians 6:7) Moreover, an unbalanced pursuit of pleasure will hinder us from paying proper attention to weightier matters. Remember, life passes by quickly, and there is no guarantee that our short life will always be marked by good health and freedom from problems. That is why, as Solomon noted, we may derive greater benefit from attending a funeral—especially that of a loyal Christian brother or sister—than from going to a “house of rejoicing.” (Ecclesiastes 7:4) Why is that so? As we listen to the funeral discourse and reflect on the life course of the faithful servant of Jehovah who has died, we might be moved to examine our own life course. As a result, we may conclude that we need to adjust our goals in order to use the remainder of our lives wisely.—Ecclesiastes 12:1.
(Watchtower issue: 4/15/08, 5:7, 8)
This scripture never really meant much in the past, but now I completely understand it and relate to what's being said here. Even though it's no fun having health issues which complicate life, I feel like it's almost been good for me to go through some of the hard experiences I've had to deal with in this regard, because it's forced me to wake up to the reality of what so many other people and families are dealing with (in regards to health problems and other serious issues) which are so much worse than what I have to deal with.
It's also helped me to become more spiritually mature, since now, I'm focusing my attention on the more important things in life,...rather than just the mundane, frivilous things ... like goofing off and having fun with my friends, and living mainly for myself. (which unfortunately, I did for quite awhile).
It reminds me of the sentiments written throughout Psalm chapter 119, but especially the part in verse 71:
"It is good for me that I have been afflicted, In order that I may learn your regulations."