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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 gives a list of opposite extremes within the seasons of life. Throughout life, we go through many different stages, and everyone tends to go through these seasons at different points in their timelines. There are some seasons that everyone goes through, like childhood, adolescence, and adulthood; and there are some seasons that some people do not experience. As a thirty-year-old single woman, I can definitely see this. Most of my peers are married, many have children, some have or are working on doctorates, and a few never went to college. Even within those big picture stages, there are periods of grief and moments of pleasure. It is a marvel that we are able to maintain friendships amongst these various seasons. God tells us to “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn” (Rom. 12:15, NIV). Sometimes, you may just have to look outside of yourself and your own situation, and look at things from another person’s perspective. If you have been in their season before, then share with them what helped you through it or what you enjoyed about it. If you can’t relate, then at least offer some words of encouragement. Believe me, it’s not always easy, but it’s worth it to take the time to share in someone else’s joy or grief. I wish I would do it more often.