Thursday, August 19, 2010

THURSDAY'S SCRIPTURE

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 "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 a time to harvest. A time to kill 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."


I recently changed my blog. Change seems to be an active part of my life. I am learning that with change comes many different blessings, sometimes in disguise. Time is continually creating new things in our life. As I change my blog to a more Autumn look with leaves falling and changing, it just brings into account the changing of the seasons in my life.

We have no control over time. We can choose to live in the past or move into the future. We can choose to fear the future or we can trust in the here and now. In time we age. In that age we gain wisdom and understanding of life. As we grow and go through change God somehow teaches us the lessons we need to learn and gives us strength to endure those hard days to come.

We take time for granite. We seem to just about take everything for granite. We don't know what will happen in the next moment, but we plan for tomorrow like it will never end instead of fully living for today like there is no tomorrow.

If we cannot control time then we cannot control when we are born or when we die. But between those two amazing moments of life we can live life with a certainty in Christ. Everything beautiful has it's own time. I am learning that even if it is struggle in my life, God gives me everything beautiful. Even those hard times that fall upon us bring beauty. We can look to the butterfly, the trees, and see what happens in change.

Everything under the sun has purpose. Just as we enjoy the sweet things in life, those bitter have a purpose also. Change is something normal. We often try to fight it. We try to stop it. We try so hard to keep time just as it is or move it forward. But we need to learn to embrace right now for whatever it is in our life. If you are traveling down a long road today you will get to your destination, just as if you are on a short path. May we just not set our sights on the destination, but all those moments we pass getting there. We seem to skip over so much just to get to where we want to go, but in doing so we rush over those important lessons. I think each lesson will carry us further down the road. Each moment we can take in will lead us on with a deeper meaning and a more purpose filled life.

Pain is not fun. There is nothing exciting about hurt. But in those moments there are precious seeds for growing and stones that need overturned. When we search this life for all it has for us we will find ourselves in all God has for us. We will see Him in those darkest of places and He will shine before us in the most glorious ways.

Life brings new everyday. Soak up the sun today. Enjoy that sunset. Grab your umbrella for the rain and keep your eyes open for the rainbow.

Hebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever."

The things of this world are temporary. Nothing is lasting but the Kingdom of God. We need to stay focused on those things that are lasting. Heaven is lasting and forever! We can joy in that. Our time here is but short, but in that time we can choose to live for a God who does not doubt and we can choose to have a faith that can move mountains.

When something doesn't make sense to us, it doesn't mean it is meaningless. God will reveal to us in His perfect time His will and purpose in all. When we choose to trust in Him, we can live a life without fear. We can grasp hold of those changes that come, knowing in each one there is a beauty to be discovered and uncovered.

Trust in the God of heaven today. He is there in that change. He is there tomorrow waiting for you. He is in yesterday's past and He is alive and living in today here with us, in us and He wants us to explore life with a passion and purpose. Live today. Put on those dancing shoes and get out on that floor. Dance each moment of this life like is the last dance of the party!
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