Sunday, January 9, 2011

A Time for Everything: Sunday Thoughts

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
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; 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)

For the longest time, when I was younger,  I always thought that this was just a song by The Byrds. It was a long time before I knew that it was actually a bible verse. Either way, song or verse, it is such a powerful read. There is a time for everything in life. A concept that becomes more and more clear as life progresses.

There is a time for everything we do and everything that happens in our lives. I think the hardest part though is knowing when it's the time for what it's time for. How are we to decide when it is time for one thing and when to switch gears and make it time for another? Is is something that comes with age and experience? Or is it something that comes with a certain amount of faith and hope? Who knows, life is like that. There is something to be said for knowing when it is time to change, and time to move on in a different direction.

Life brings us to points in which we must make decisions and move in a little different of a shuffle. We realize that things are not exactly as they should be, or not how we want them to be, and we must decide what to do next. Often times there is a large amount of uncertainty, sense of being scared, or even downright freaking out! No matter what though, there is the knowledge that it is time for change. A knowledge more important than anything you can ever learn in a book or in the news. The seasons change, the seasons turn. And with the change comes new life and new chances. Chances to be better. Chances to love more and laugh more. Chances to make everything right again and continue on in a new and brighter direction. 

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