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 1984).
My Musings – If you are reading my blog, let me state the obvious. We are the “tweeners,” those who were allowed to be born and have not yet had that unavoidable appointment with death. This is our time. The question is, what will we make of our time?
Will we be among the planters of hope or those who uproot? Killers of dreams or healers of division? Weeping and mourning over things that do not go the way we expected or join in the laughter and dancing of those rejoicing in the fulfillment of their hopes and dreams? Will we scatter when times get tough or continue to gather? Will we embrace the truth or refrain from engaging those who bear false witness? Will we search out God’s will for our lives and once we find it keep to it, or will we give it up or throw it away because we failed to count the cost? Will we allow the divisions of the times to tear apart our valued relationships or will we the first to reach out to mend them? Will we speak out against the injustices we see, or choose to remain silent? Will our love grow cold and perhaps even grow into bitterness and hate? Preferring to be at “war” with one another rather than seek peace?
Their is a time for everything. What are you doing with yours?
My Advice – If like me, you have accepted Christ as Savior and Lord, we know full well what we should be doing with our time. If you have not accepted Christ, time is one thing you cannot afford to waste. “A more convenient time” may never come. “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” (James 4:14, NIV 1984). “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2, NIV 1984).
Those Were The Days
Remember how we laughed away the hours
And dreamed of all the great things we would do
Then the busy years went rushing by us
We lost our starry notions on the way
Nothing seemed the way it used to be
Oh, my friend, we’re older but no wiser
For in our hearts, the dreams are still the same
Those were the days, my friend
We thought they’d never end
We’d sing and dance forever and a day
We’d live the life we choose
We’d fight and never lose
Those were the days, oh yes, those were the days
— Gene Raskin