For those of you who want an unforgettable experience, try telling your teenager that if they don’t behave, you are going to spank them. Yeah, let me know how that works for you. (not too well, I’m guessing).
The point is that there are different seasons for different activities and we would be wise to be sensitive to when we should be making adjustments.
This scenario plays out before all us all the time:
- Think of a start-up business that is run pretty informally as they first start out. People working long hours, kind of coming and going as it seems best. Decisions are made in brief hallway conversations. Well, as the company grows and many more people are employed, policies need to be formalized. Communication becomes vital, so more effort needs to be made to have planned meetings with agendas.
- Think of a basketball team with one superstar on it. For years, the team has been carried by this one player, but now they are much older, nearing retirement. Adjustments need to be made because this superstar can not do what he once did.
- Think of a newly married couple taking many walks together and staying up late, but then along comes children. Now, life looks totally different. Finding just one on one time seems nearly impossible as the little ones seem so demanding. You realize, something needs to change.
My point in all this is that life doesn’t stay constant–it is always changing. New technologies come along. Our bodies grow older. People are born. People die. etc.
So, keeping in mind this truth that times are ever-changing, how well are you adjusting to new life circumstances.
Are you sensitive to what changes are going on around you? Name some.
Are you making adjustments to changes taking place around you? Name some.
In my recent focus in my Bible reading, I am camping out these days in the Book of Ecclesiastes. This post has been formulating in my mind as I read these verses. As you read them, I would again ask you, “How sensitive are you to different seasons of life happening around you, in pretty much all areas of your responsibilities?”
Ecclesiaster 3:1-8 NLT
For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and time to harvest.
A time to plant and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.