On Tuesday, I did a funeral for a friend of mine who died of cancer.

Tomorrow, I’ll do a wedding for two of my friends from church.

If I had to choose between one or the other, I’d rather the wedding go on and the funeral never have to happen. The Bible approaches the topic differently, however.

Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties. After all, everyone dies— so the living should take this to heart.

Ecclesiastes 7:2 (NLT)

Solomon wasn’t trying to be a morbid killjoy when he wrote those words, he was just trying to remind us of the important perspective that death brings. While it may be funner to attend a wedding, a funeral comes with a sobering perspective. It’s a reminder we should “take to heart.” Moses had some similar words…

So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 90:12 (ESV)

That doesn’t mean you should stop attending weddings and just hang around cemeteries from now on. The Biblical authors are simply reminding us of the importance of perspective. Whether you’re witnessing the beginning of life, the end of life, or anything in between, remember that life is fleeting.

Our days are numbered. Don’t let that produce a heart of worry; let it produce a heart of wisdom.

Take advantage of every moment you have and live life to its fullest, making Jesus known!

K E V I N • M I L L E R

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