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Tis the Season

There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under the heavens:

 a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

 a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

 a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

 a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

 a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

 a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV*

 Each of us is in a season of life. Our seasons can be impacted by many factors like age, relationship status, job position or the balance in our checking account. No other person on this earth is experiencing the exact same season. This season for each of us is uniquely ours.

The uniqueness of our season brings challenges that only we can face. Sure, we can ask others to weigh in on our situations and share our burdens, but most of the time those weigh-in sessions produce little helpful guidance and in fact may delay our ability to meet our challenges. Even our closest friends who are well meaning might steer us on a path of self-pity instead of encouraging us to look to what God has for us in this season.

We all know that regardless of what season we are currently in, all seasons are subject to a change with or without notice. Some of us are in the midst of change now; still others see change in the horizon while some of us are living in a cocoon with no thought of any change. But change is inevitable. It is here or it is coming and when it does, it matters where we are in our walk with God.

*Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version ® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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