Have you ever been at a place in your life where you feel stuck? You see people all around you excelling in their careers, in their faith, in their relationships and yet you feel like your life is mundane and lacking any vertical growth whatsoever? If you’ve ever felt that way or are currently in that season of life, this word is for you!
This past weekend, our church began a new series called Times and Seasons. The series is based on the idea that our life is not one fluid, unobstructed movement of progress. Rather, it’s a collection of different times and seasons, filled with mountain tops and valleys, blessing and drought, fulfillment and brokenness.
I have heard it said before that comparison is the death of contentment. Maybe you’re in a relationship that seems that’s going nowhere or you’re single and looking for love and every time you get on Facebook, you see that your friends are getting engaged and/or married. Maybe you’re overwhelmed, stressed, exhausted, and living paycheck to paycheck never seeming to get ahead while you see other people paying off debt and living the life of luxury. Whatever your comparison is, it’s often the thing that hold you back from experiencing what God is trying to teach you in your current season of life. We often find ourselves dissatisfied and disgruntled in life because we are comparing our behind the scenes to someone else’s highlight reels.
One of the most dangerous things you can do in your life is to try to live in someone else’s season. You can’t live out God’s purpose for your life while focusing on someone else’s season. There are a few things you must understand about the seasons of life that will help you embrace the place you’re in right now.
1. Every Season Has Struggles
No matter what season of life you’re living in, there are always obstacles and challenges. Some people work hard to make a good living for themselves, but can’t enjoy the financial blessings because the job they are in occupies all of their time. Others may have no money, but all the time in the world. While time is nice, being broke is rough. Do you see the point? One has all the money, but no time. The other has all the time, but no money. Every season has a struggle.
2. Every Season Has A Purpose
“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1
One of the greatest lessons I have learned in my life is that there is a reason for everything I have endured throughout my life. In the times of prosperity, God has taught me how to be thankful. In the times of trial, God has taught me how to have faith. In times of poverty, God has taught me how to trust Him. Whatever season you’re in, there is purpose. Find it. Embrace it.
3. Seasons Change
Living in North Carolina is a blessing. It’s one of the few states that allows you to actually experience all four seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. The great thing about experiencing the seasons is that when we get tired of the current season, we can always look forward to the next season because we know when the seasons change. Unfortunately this is not so easy in life. Although we know that life is full of different times and seasons, we don’t always know when the seasons will change. God schedules our seasons; unfortunately, he doesn’t show us our schedules in advance. If you’re in a season of struggles, trust that a new season is just around the corner.
Whatever season you’re in, SOAK IT UP and begin preparing for what God has prepared for you!
Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:11-13)