December 2, 2018

Accepting the Changes in Life: 3 Examples



“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…”-- Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 (KJV)

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Last week’s article explored gratitude. This noble emotion acknowledges help we couldn’t have given ourselves. It lets us know we aren’t alone.

This writing will go into an important way to find gratitude. That method is accepting the seasons of life—both sorrowful and joyful.

Life is full of stages. It’s in a constant state of change; that’s normal. These alterations may be small or large.  The trick is to see the big picture, to see before and beyond our current problemsHere are three examples:
  • Many new mothers are young; however others have tried for years to have a child. These fine ladies probably feel grateful. The previous sorrow is overshadowed by the joy of motherhood.
  • Our young kids keep us busy running after them. When they become teenagers, they’re more likely to hide away in their rooms.
  • Some students don’t enjoy school. They drop out. High-school graduates may appreciate the better jobs they can get after 12-13 years of hard work. College degrees open more doors.

There’s a saying: “If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” That tells us that hard work will be required for success; it doesn’t just happen:

1. Construction often requires destruction.

Remodeling is a messy, noisy job. Old woodwork and equipment may have to be taken out. Whatever’s being replaced must be torn down before the new gadgets and gizmos are installed. 

2. We must get rid of the old to make room for the new.

A person may need to change his attitude, or his lifestyle, in order to move forward. Matthew 9:17 (KJV) states:

“Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.”

3. The planting comes before the harvesting.

The image above shows sunflower seeds and a fully grown sunflower plant. What it doesn’t show is all the work during the 80 to 120 days it takes for the flower to mature.
Each stage of growth is necessary.   It’s a progression that can’t be interrupted. Here are some cases of other areas of life that involve a process:

Math
Arithmetic
Trigonometry
Geometry
Calculus
Algebra
Statistics

Writing
Research
Edit
Brainstorm
Complete final draft (Maybe?)
Write rough draft
Keep editing… (probably)

Education
Preschool
High School
Elementary School
College
Middle School/Junior High
Post-graduate work

Music
Rhythm
Simple Songs
Notes
Hymns
Chords and Scales
Symphonies

My Conclusion

 “God always prepare us for the great mission but we are unaware. All the stages are connected; we must graciously be fully present in each stage.”—Lailah Gifty Akita Pearls of Wisdom: Great Mind (copied as written on Goodreads)
“Every stage of life is unique. At any age and stage of life there are obstacles and opportunities, trials and triumphs. Never allow the negative bring to you to sudden halt. Make the most of the positive opportunities and stay positive.”—Lailah Gifty Akita (copied as written on Goodreads)


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Do you accept life’s stages?