By Nancy Virden (c)2022
Life is lived in seasons. These seasons dictate our choices at the moment. In three examples, the father of two young children will probably not choose to take a year away from his family to travel the world. A mature woman will not sign up for the WNBA for the first time. A boy in first grade will not graduate High School that year.
Hopes and dreams drive us far beyond our seasons. All three of the above examples may hope to one day experience at least some of their goals. The father waits to travel until his children are grown, the woman plays basketball with a senior group, and the boy eventually graduates.
Wisdom is knowing our season
About 30 AD, Jesus’ followers faced a conundrum. While food was being distributed daily to the poor, some believers complained that their widows were neglected. The leaders of the movement of Christ Jesus were preachers and church planters. They made a wise decision to delegate this food duty to other men. Their spokesperson said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.” They were right! It was the season of introducing Jesus to the world. To sacrifice that for another good deed would have been to neglect God’s priority for them.
When setting healthy boundaries around ourselves, considering our seasons can make a big difference. Outside of our seasons, we may try and fail or wind up having an incomplete or mediocre experience.
What seasons are you in at present? (You may be in more than one in each category.)
Single or single again
Married, no children
Married with children
You have adult children
You have grandchildren
You have extended family
Exploring ministry/volunteer ideas
In regular ministry/volunteer work
Irregular ministry/volunteer work
Change of ministry/volunteerism
No ministry/volunteer work
Physical and/or mental health
Disabled or Differently Abled
Caring for a parent
caring for special needs child(ren)
an extraordinary number of people counting on you
Other exceptional demands
Choose your priorities carefully. To begin living in a balanced, mentally healthy way, know your season. Respect and appreciate where you are. When we know when changes are appropriate, we know when not to make a change.
More to come…
Today’s Helpful Word
Acts 6: 1-7
In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
This proposal pleased the whole group… So the word of God spread…
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