Tuesday, September 7, 2010

There is a time for everything.

1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
9 What does the worker gain from his toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on men. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
(Eccl 3:1-11)

According to Thomas Edison: “There is time for everything”. According to George Head: “If time be judiciously employed, there is time for everything”. Ecclesiastes says “Everything has its own time, and there is a specific time for every activity under heaven”.
“Judiciously employed” means someone needs to make a judgment if this is a right time for that “specific activity under heaven”. Who specifically makes the judgment? Who decides which activity when?
Who decides what you are reading right now? Who decided about watching TV yesterday? Who decides when to relax and rest?
Of course you can read during the night, sleep during the day, sing when you eat and eat when you read and “if time be judiciously employed, there is time for everything”. If we would add to our judgment that knowledge about “specific time for every activity under heaven” maybe deciding every single time which activity I want to choose would be easy.
Is this a right time for what I am doing right now? When is the right time for what I want to do? There is time for everything, but when specifically? And for for activity specifically?
One of my friends came to me and said: “I haven’t reached my goal yet? “When did you want to reach it?” – I asked. “As SOON as POSSIBLE” – he answered.
“Maybe it was not POSSIBLE” or maybe “SOON” lasted longer. How long is “SOON” for you by the way? Is it long enough to make reaching your goal possible? There is time for everything. There is specific time for every specific thing. There is time for everything under heaven. So what do you choose and when? Where is God in all of your activity?

Peace and love,


"Then Jesus said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me". (Luke 9:23)

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