A Good Name

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“A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.” ~ Ecclesiastes 7:1

''What's in a name?'' photo (c) 2006, Jack Dorsey - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/I went to a memorial service yesterday after church.  She had been fighting cancer for a long time, but on the Sundays she was feeling well, she came to church with some of her family.  Smiling.  Kind.

Her name was Jean.  The name Jean means “God is gracious.”

I think it was perfect.

But what stood out to me more than the meaning of her name was the meaning of her life.  The church was full of people who wanted to celebrate this woman and the impact she had made on their lives.  She lived well.  She was remembered well.

The day of death better than the day of birth.  There was something about the service that made me want to be more conscious of everything I do.  I don’t want my actions to be “calculated.”  I don’t want to base what I do or don’t do by how it’s going to look to other people or how it’s going to make me feel.  I don’t want to live my life in order to get people to recognize me as I’m walking down the street.  I want to live my life in a way that when people are at my memorial service they get up and they say that I was kind.  I was gentle.  I was loving.

That’s all.

A good name is better than fine perfume.  The day of death better than the day of birth.

I’m gonna miss you
I’m gonna miss you
When you’re gone
She says, I love you
I’m gonna miss you
And your songs

And I said, please
Don’t talk about the end
Don’t talk about how
Every living thing goes away
She said, friend

All along I thought
I was learning how to take
How to bend not how to break
How to live not how to cry
But really
I’ve been learning how to die
I’ve been learning how to die

Hey everyone
I’ve got nowhere to go
The grave is lazing me
He takes our body slow

And I said, please
Don’t talk about the end
Don’t talk about how
Every living thing goes away
I said, friend,
All along I thought
I was learning how to take

How to bend not how to break
How to live not how to cry
But really
I’ve been learning how to die
I’ve been learning how to die
Die, die
I’ve been learning how to die
I’ve been learning how to die

Learning How To Die by Jon Foreman

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