Make Time for Everything

Filed under Lauren's Thoughts on Jul 27 12 by
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the 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.” Ecclesiastes 3 (Click here to read the full passage)

 
Reading this passage makes me feel like I’m so out of pace with God. I always have a lot on my mind, so many goals, big dreams, annoying chores, to-do lists, pressing thoughts, fleeting emotions, and so much STUFF crowding my room. I’m usually thinking of multiple items at the same time, to the point where I have no focus. I get less done; I feel the wrong emotions at the wrong time; I hold onto things too long; I let go of things too quickly. I think of where I want to be and forget where I am. I have ulterior motives, so I miss what’s been placed right in front of me.

This passage is about timeliness. It’s about keeping life in its proper perspective, and focusing on each season as it comes. If we think that we can have all good things all the time and we wait for the “high moments” we will not only be sorely disappointed, but we will miss out on the deep satisfaction that comes with patience and contentment.

When a moment that I enjoy comes and goes, I often try to relive that moment over and over again. In doing this, I miss the pain and joy of sowing into my future. Life is s series of cycles, of high and low points. I’m a thrill seeker, so I naturally focus on the high points. But here’s the truth: low points aren’t really gutters that we need to quickly crawl out of. They are seeds sown that will create a harvest for us when the good times return.

Think about cycles, such as the water cycle. Rain falls and causes vegetation to grow, and then we are able to enjoy that vegetation. Or think of working out. We work out, we rest, our muscles regenerate, and we become stronger. Without going through trials, the good stuff won’t be as great. If you don’t work out hard, you will not have as much strength and coordination in the end. If it doesn’t rain, plants don’t grow.

On the flip side, too much rain makes for flooding and too much strenuous exercise leads to injury. Rest and good times and sunshine are just as vital to this cycle as the difficulties.

All of this to say that if you are working too hard, take a break. If you are lazy, find something useful to do. If you are mourning, let yourself experience the sad emotions, but don’t dwell in misery forever. If you are joyful, praise God, but don’t get mad when every day isn’t exactly as you expect.

There is a time for everything. God knows what He is doing. Trust Him in every season.

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Lauren D'Alessandro
As the founder of The You Are Project’s print magazine and blog, Lauren is passionate about developing publications that inspire creativity and action. Lauren is the Editor-in-Chief of You Are REAL and the creator and manager of our website. Her dream is to continue using writing and publications as tools for communicating God’s love to the world. Keep up with her latest endeavors at laurendalessandro.com.