The end of a thing is better than its beginning;
The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Ecc. 7:8 NKJV
Do we believe this?
Do our lives reflect this truth?
Is a funeral really better than a wedding?
It can be.
Look at Billy and Ruth Graham as an example.
When both died, many people mourned their loss, but the legacy of love, marriage, family, and most importantly, devotion to God has been left as an imprint in the fabric of history.
Yes, their end was better than their beginning.
Their lives reflected the hand of God.
And there are many other people God has done the same through.
People who followed this verse:
“eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;” Romans 2:7 NKJV
People whose lives inspire others to live unto the Lord, to be diligent in their walk each and every day.
Men and women who are servants of God, not full of pride or self importance, but truly looking to serve with gladness where ever and how ever God chooses.
Truly it is better to be patient than proud.
Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. James 5:7 NKJV
Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.
Psalms 100:2 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. It is full of such life and truth and wisdom. Please let my heart be open to Your Words and help me to walk in them. Lord, I want to have my end be better than my beginning. Lord, I want to be patient, serving You with gladness wherever You call me, however You choose. Lord, I want to be humble; not proud, not haughty, not mean, not angry, but instead full of love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and self control. Lord, I know all these things come from You alone. Please, help me to walk in Your ways and teach me these things. Thank You, Jesus. I love You. Amen.