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What time of life are you in?

"There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity in heaven." 

Ecclesiastes 3:1

This Got My Attention At the beginning of one of my graduate classes, the professor walked in and made this statement: “Wherever you are in life right now…it’s the BIG TIME.” He qualified his statement by explaining; whatever season of life you currently find yourself in, enjoy it! It’s the BIG TIME because somewhere earlier in your life, you couldn’t wait to get here. He explained that when we are adolescents, we can’t wait to be a teenager, to get a driver’s license, graduate from high school, start college, get out of college, get a job, get a promotion, get married, have kids, get the kids out of the house, etc. A Simple Point & Good Advice My professor’s point was simple. Enjoy the season/time of your life that you are currently in. You looked so forward to it earlier in life, so don’t rush through this season to get to the next. I think that’s good advice! We all have the tendency to look down the road to what’s next. That’s normal and part of planning ahead. But we also have the tendency to wish we could hurry up and get there while failing to soak up the current moment. The Truth Solomon states in Ecclesiastes 3:11 - “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.” God has made each season beautiful in its time! I have tried to heed the advice of my professor over the last 20 plus years and truly enjoy the moments as I live life through them. Busy & Rewarding At this season of life, my wife and I are in the “sandwich season” where we find ourselves trying to meet the needs of our aging parents on one end and helping our children as they raise their kids on the other end. Many times, we are pulled in both directions on the same day. But what a blessing! I don’t want to wish this season of life away. I try to soak up the moments on both ends because I know this season will pass, and well…that’s sad to think about. Apply It Please heed the advice of my professor and the wisdom from Solomon; it’s the "BIG TIME" and it is beautiful!

Jeff Riddle MD5 Facilitator

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