Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Seasons of Life
Summer is winding down for most folks with kids going back to school soon, football season on the horizon, and summer vacations are in the books. It was a blur for most of us! And, so it is with life -- we rush through our "seasons of life" and wonder where all the time went -- we invested our time in one thing and another had to be put on the shelf or we invested time in things that mattered and we will have life long memories.
Time is precious for once we spend it in one way, we can't get it back. We can't press rewind and have a do over -- a life mulligan. We have to live with what we have done and then move forward.
This is a problem for many of us, including me. Looking forward is hard when the harsh realities of our time in the past keep tapping us on the shoulder to remind us what we should have been, should have done, or just to give us a guilt trip. A simple reminder to look to God and pray and then move forward is the way I try to deal with these rear view moments.
God uses everything that we have been through to mold us into the person that He wants us to be. So, even if you could go back, would you? I wouldn't -- sure, my human nature tells me that I would change this or that, but when I really think about what I've been through and how it has changed my life, I wouldn't go back and change it for anything. God has taught me lessons that I would have never learned if everything had gone just like I wanted it to go.
It's hard, but I know for sure that God has promised us much in Romans 8:28, "ALL things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called to HIS purpose!" If I live in the past, I'm not believing the truth of this promise!
Today make it a priority to move forward after you have prayerfully considered the goodness and grace of God. I think you'll learn, as I have, that His plan is much better than anything I could have ever imagined.
Look up and then move forward ---
Under HIS Grace...