A Time For Everything

We are given 60 seconds in every minute and 60 minutes in every hour.
We are given 24 hours in a day and 168 hours in every week.
We are given 365 days in a year (sometimes 366) and a lifetime of years, though no one under the heavens knows how many years that lifetime may hold.
During these lifetimes we are given, we watch seasons come and seasons go.
From the warm sunshine of summer to the changing leaves of fall to the frozen days and winter to the rebirth of spring, the seasons keep turning year after year.
As we move about our days, we undertake many activities, some of which we have no control and others over which we have much control.
For example, we are born and we die (vs 2) and we have no control over these two events.  In verse 3, we see events over which we have control – we build and tear down.  We have no control over the wars and peace treaties in our world.  We do control the planting and uprooting of our gardens or fields.
Not only is there a time for all of the activities, but also for our reactions to the activities of life.  Verse 4 speaks of weeping and laughing and mourning and dancing.  In good times, we laugh and dance.  On sadder occasions, we weep and mourn.  These 8 versus sum up the totality of a person’s life.  We live, we laugh, we love.  We die, we mourn and we lose.  We hold these things in common.  We all go through these events of life and we cannot control many of them.  The thing we can control is our reactions to them.
How will you respond and react to the events that transpire as this day unfolds?  Will you weep and mourn over loss?  Will you laugh and dance over victories?  Will you empathize with those who are going through the same things you are going through?  Will you look away from those who are suffering?  How will you spend your time today?  This is the only day you have to engage in the activities God has for you to do.  Go do them, for time will not wait for you.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NIV)

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.


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