Thursday, April 19, 2012

It Is About Time!

Eccl 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose
under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to
heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a
time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away
stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time
to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to
keep, and a time to cast away; 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to
keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a
time of war, and a time of peace. 9 What profit hath he that worketh in that
wherein he laboureth? 10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to
the sons of men to be exercised in it. 11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time:

Friend, there is a time for everything! We tend to procrastinate or even to
be in denial. As we read this passage, we may see it merely as beautiful
poetry or as a comfort in the time of the passing of a loved one.

But we should take this passage to heart today and every day. This
Scripture is for you, for now, for a purpose.

Wouldn’t today be a great day for something big for you? Why put off until
tomorrow trying to win that friend to Jesus? Why wait until a more
convenient day for something you really desire to accomplish? Why don't
you make today your day to get busy trying to get something big done for
your Lord?

And why do you often expect others to get something done? Perhaps this
passage is tapping you on the shoulder right now! Have you been born
again? Now is the time!

What seeds will you plant today? If the seed stays in the barn, there will
never be a harvest. Maybe today is harvest day for you. The crops are never
going to get to the Co-op with you lounging in front of the TV. Kill your
fleshly, not tomorrow. Heal somebody's hurt, cry for the lost,
build up the broken.

Weep over the fallen. Laugh and enjoy the blessings of today. Mourn those
who have suffered loss and dance for God's goodness.
Get out in the garden and cast away the stones and clods in this evening’s
coolness. Gather some stones together and make a fire pit for some
fellowship. Hug someone who is hurting, and definitely don't hug anybody
who will cry, "Sexual harassment!"

Buy something sorely needed for your home, lose a couple of pounds. Keep
your friends, drop one of those people who do nothing but drain you.

Tear up that list of grudges you are holding and mend some old divisions.

Bite your tongue when tempted to gripe or criticize but be very forthcoming
with praise.

Love the unlovely but hate ungodliness.

Go to bat for righteousness, fight evil tooth and toenail, but work for unity
and peace in the body of Christ.

It is a beautiful day for you to be proactive in each of these areas. Don't wait
until tomorrow or hope someone else is going to do it!

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