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SEASONS

SEASONS
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. – Ecclesiastes 3:1

My front yard is adorned with several large avocado trees. I enjoy watching them go through the seasons. In the fall, the leaves fall off, followed by new growth and then blossoms, which attracts bees to pollinate and then in the beginning of summer, I can almost mark it on the calendar when the first fruit begins to fall off.

Life is like that, only with much more uncertainty. The great Quaker philosopher, Elton Trueblood, spoke of the seasons of like. He said that it was like the chapters of a book. Some chapters we can’t wait to get out of and some we want to remain in. Likewise, we are eager to go into some new chapters and afraid of others, but the progression of life says we have to move through the entire book.

The difference between the book of our life and a real book is that we can’t go to a table of contents and see what lies ahead, much of which remains a mystery. Likewise, we can’t read the last chapter first and see how it will all end. One of Trueblood’s quotes says it best: “Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservations.”

King Solomon, writing in the Book of Ecclesiastes talks about the seasons of life, from birth to death and from planting to reaping. God has ordained and knows for all of us what lies ahead. However, we must wonder and trust Him and His plan for what remains in our book of life without reservations.

We can change little of our past, but we can focus on the future through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. God’s Word helps us anticipate the opportunities instead of recognizing them later with regret. The apostle Paul wrote: “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time.” (Ephesians 5:15-16).

Children want to grow up, singles want to marry, couples want kids, and the aged miss the good old days. In each season of life we tend to pine for the blessings of other seasons—both future and past—and we miss the opportunities of today.

In what season do you find yourself now? A mother of young children? A single? An empty-nester? When seasons of life pass by they never return. Once the chance lapses to serve God, it may not come again.

Perhaps you must admit to some wasted years. I know I can. But we can begin to walk wisely moving forward in life. God gives time as a gift—a gift we should use to the fullest. But remember, last year gives no refunds. So redeem the time!

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SOMETIMES TRUE STORIES
Pastor Ken Whitten’s Wisdom:

• Lies become a way of life that distances you from the people you love and who could help you.
• Sin is against God, but awareness of sin is a gift from God.
• Jesus is not in the hurting business.
• Whatever you seek that you think will give you freedom, if it is not Jesus, will actually take freedom from you.
• If you ever wonder what you are worth, look no further than the cross.
• Jesus overcame evil, because He was willing to be overcome.
• When you seek Jesus, you find peace.
• We do not control ourselves, rather whatever we worship controls us.

Golfer at the Dentist:

A man and his wife walked into a dentist’s office. The man said to the dentist, “Doc, I’m in a hurry. I have two buddies sitting out in my car waiting for us to go play golf, so forget about the anesthetic. I don’t have time for the gums to get numb. I just want you to pull the tooth, and be done with it! We have a 10:00 AM tee time at the best golf course in town and it’s 9:30 already. I don’t have time to wait for the anesthetic to work!” The dentist thought to himself. “My goodness, this is surely a very brave man asking to have his tooth pulled without using anything to kill the pain.” So the dentist asks him, “Which tooth is it sir?” The man turned to his wife and said, “Open your mouth, Honey, and show him!”

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QUOTES YOU CAN USE
Don’t be misled; you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, especially to those in the family of faith. – Galatians 6:7-10

Life without God is like dribbling a football.

You can’t be persuasive if you are abrasive.

As a leader, learn to do the right thing, the right way, for the right reason: seek justice, be humble and be a servant to those you lead and you will leave a lasting legacy.

Jesus says we love Him when we show love toward those who are the rejected and the last to be chosen.

Remain faithful even when facing death and I will give you the crown of life–an unending glorious future. Revelation 2:10

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