Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Changing Seasons

Something jumped out of my daily devotional yesterday that stuck with me.  It also made me feel better about my frequent hobby/interest/thought change (Read: Reason I decide not to go to the gym).

"Something can be right for you in one season of your life, and not right at all in another season.  Follow your heart, and you will accomplish a lot of fruitful things and still have energy left over to enjoy the fruit of your labor." - Joyce Meyer

Isn't that beautiful? Doesn't that just give you a perfect excuse for anytime you decide to abandon something?

No.  It doesn't.  But read on anyways.

I can be a little "all over the board" with things.  Poor Brian, just trying to keep up with where I am going with something.  For example, our text exchange yesterday:

Me: Can I name my bracket, Baracket Obeatdown?
Me: Remind me to tell you about a dream I had last night
Me: Also, remind me to tell you about a new sex plan (not related to dream, sorry)
Me: I want to get a trail mix with M&M's

I literally typed all those things one after the other before he had a chance to respond to any of them.  Sorry for the TMI, but it's a good plan that I will share on here sometime for married people who tend to be busy.  I also do this on the topic of children often.  One day I will look at Brian and say, "maybe I am ready to have a baby?" And the next day, I will contemplate not having children ever and instead traveling to Africa to teach for long periods of time.

"What do you think, I'm some kind of crazy person??"

I'm not.  At least I am pretty confident it is more attributed to my mind working in a million directions at one time.  Which is why I sometimes forget to buy return flights home (last week).

But where was I going with this? Oh yes, knowing what is right for us in a particular season of our lives.  And being okay with letting go of something that isn't right for us anymore.  I thought blogging was becoming that for me.  I just woke up one morning and though, ehh I think I am done with it.  A few months away and look where I am right now...blogging.  We don't want to use the above wisdom as a crutch for abandoning people or important things in our lives.  This is not a reason to leave a marriage, a child, or a pet.  We make commitments and we are called to keep those commitments made to others and most importantly, to the Lord.  But, we can let ourselves off the hook on the things that don't necessarily matter too much.  We can be okay with relinquishing our volunteer positions, executive titles at work, teaching Sunday school.  Just because it was your calling at one point, does not mean it is a permanent calling.  God is leading your heart in another direction for a reason.  And we have to give up the good things in our lives to make room for the great things.  We have use the many seasons of change in our lives, in order to grow and develop into who we are meant to be.  

So the take-away? Think of yourself like hair.  Did you know your hair texture changes every 5-7 years? The length is changing all the time, the color changes eventually (mine may or may not already be turning gray), and we lose about 100 hairs a day.  Our hair adapts and we should too.  Embrace the changing seasons of your life and welcome the new adventures, not being afraid to leave the old ones behind :)

Please join me...

Each post of mine for the next few weeks is going to conclude with asking for prayers for Pastor Saeed Abedini. He is an American citizen imprisoned in Iran while over there building an orphanage.  He was arrested for his faith and is suffering great trials while there.  Please take a minute to ask for God's will over Pastor Abedini, and His wisdom and strength.


Blain said...

LOVE this one TED! Such a great reminder and I will remember Pastor Saeed Abedini. Love you.

Anonymous said...

Love your blog! Thank you for taking the time to share such inspirational, often funnt, and wise thoughts!

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