Seasons of Life

Joel Sanchez 

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:”  Ecclesiastes 3:1

This is a simple verse, yet one that we struggle with greatly and often. We always want to be in a different season than we are in at the moment. When we live at home, we can’t wait to be on our own. When we are single, we can’t wait to be married. When we are married, we can’t wait to have children. When we are caught up in the busyness of raising a family and paying bills, we can’t wait for the season of retirement. And when we finally retire, we wish we had all the energy and enthusiasm and good health we enjoyed when we were in our 20’s.

Not understanding and cherishing the season you are in will lead you to discontent, envy and coveting. Because you will spend all your time thinking that the next season of your life is where you will find joy and fulfillment. I have learned that if I can’t enjoy the season I am in right now, I will never enjoy the season that is coming. Because every stage in life has its blessings and its challenges. What makes it enjoyable is not that it’s the perfect season, but that I am perfectly ready and willing to accept this season, with whatever it may bring.

So I want to encourage you to be content and rejoice in whatever season God has you in right now. If you are living at home, enjoy the money you are saving. If you are single, enjoy the freedom that you have. If you are married, enjoy the companionship. If you have children enjoy the laughter, the dirty diapers, the shattered phones and messy beds and the discussions over whose turn it is to take out the trash. Because there will come a time when the very things you complained about in this season will be the very things you will miss when your next season comes.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1

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