Would you rather go to a party or to a funeral? Pretty easy choice you might think. Now before you answer let us consider the scriptures. Ecclesiastes 7:2-5 says, “It is better to go to a house of mourning Than to go to a house of feasting, Because that is the end of every man, And the living takes it to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, For when a face is sad a heart may be happy. The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, While the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure. It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man Than for one to listen to the song of fools.”
Here we are told that we might be better served at the funeral. The house of mourning reminds us that are days are few; while the house of feasting just entertains. Those that surround themselves only with pleasure, never consider that the party might end sooner than they think.
This passage reminds us that we should judge our actives not just on the “fun” factor but consider also on what we might gain. Things that may not seem pleasurable on the surface will actually bring us more happiness. Learning experiences are often much better than fun times.