Ecclesiastes 7: Names & Sorrows
What does your name say about you? All our names have a certain "meaning" that we may or may not know. Some names have lots of history behind them or family tradition. But, have you ever thought about how your name's meaning changes as you live your life? For example, you may have never heard of a little Albanian girl named Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, but, your mind probably fills with all sorts of thoughts, images, and memories when you hear the name "Mother Teresa." The meaning of her name certainly changed over the course of her life - for the good!. In Ecclesiastes 7, Koheleth is asking us to consider this same kind of change. What kind of life forms a good name, one that is "better than precious ointment," one that will allow us to say with Koheleth that "the day of death than the day of one's birth"? How are our "names" formed? What role do the hard times play? These are some of the questions Koheleth helps us to answer as we explore Ecclesiates 7.