There are seasons in life
A song made famous by The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn! – the lyrics are directly from the Bible. In eight verses we read the words ‘a time to’ on twenty nine occasions.
It’s all about seasons and when you look back over your life that’s what you find. Seasons of where you work, what you do, where you live and even seasons of relationships as people come and go in your life.
Recognise that there are seasons. Life moves on and just like a river starts as a tiny spring somewhere in the hills and ends up as a mighty estuary, so our lives have phases.
You don’t go to bed on a summer’s day on August 31 with green trees and wake up in autumn on September 1 with crisp, coloured leaves on the ground.
Seasons merge and overlap. Although it seems like we’re going backwards sometimes, when we are on track we’re not. As the tide comes in, the water then falls back but each wave is higher up the beach then the previous one.
Recognise that change in our lives is not always sudden, it’s often gradual. Life isn’t black and white, there are grey areas. Life is a marathon not a sprint. Real change is usually progressive over time.
Don’t worry about the next season, enjoy the one you’re in
Imagine sitting on a Spanish beach in the middle of July and all that’s on your mind is how you will cope with the January frosts in England. I doubt whether that happens so why do we worry about the future so much.
The reality is that most of what we worry about doesn’t happen anyway and that which does will happen whether we worry or not.
Don’t fret over a season that hasn’t even arrived yet, just enjoy the one that you’re in right now.
Recognise the importance of not worrying about the future. The more you worry about what may or may mot happen in the future, the less you enjoy and appreciate the present.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
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