Most of us at times enter into moments that serve for us to be “reality checks”. These have a way of stopping us in our tracks and examining in a pause just what life may be trying to illuminate to us right now in the moment; right where we are at.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven”. (Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV)
God set it up this way for everything to be given a time and space in life to be born, come to fruition, serve, and fulfill a distinct purpose and then it comes the time for that to fade and give way for something new to come in and compliment and expand upon that which has been. Every matter under heaven is given this and once fulfilled must be released simply to be what it has been, and now room and time is to opened up and cleared out for something new to have the opportunity to be born, flourish and come to fruition.
How many times do we tend to gravitate toward thinking back to those blessed fulfilling moments of the past that brought us much joy, fulfillment and satisfaction? Sometimes we regard them as our “glory days” and are we not prone to sometimes dwell on them so extensively that we begin to try to recreate them to bring back those feelings that we believe can continue to fulfill us? However what are we truly aspiring for? Is it not to be fulfilled?
Those past moments and times gave us what we allowed ourselves to derive from them. They served that time and place in our lives and now we must cultivate who we have been into reaching and expanding out into something greater than ourselves. Yes, I believe God wired us to always look to something greater than ourselves to multiply ourselves into. I encourage you to read and and spend some time focusing and dwelling on what the 3rd chapter of Ecclesiastes has to say about this process in life.
We can easily and readily grow weary in well doing. We in most cases do not like to have to wait for any aspect of our lives to mature do we? We want “the instant potatoes” that we can mix up quickly in a a bowl from the ingredients out of a box rather than take the organic raw material that can be grown in a garden and mixed in a process of patience, combination of scratch ingredients and physical effort which require time and space to be set aside and allowed for. “Be not weary in well doing for we shall reap if we faint not”, scripture admonishes us.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come”. (2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV) The old must be allowed to pass because the new arrives and seeks to come in. Are we welcoming “that new” into a prepared seedbed so it can take germinate, take root and be propagated into something more than that which has already been or are we trying to rehash back to life that which already been harvested?
A crop that has already grown and matured though its season by nature withers and returns to the ground to be recycled in its period of changing form in it’s dormant season. You get the picture here, right? If you are not living in today, you are looking backwards. It will leave you offended because you perceive that which you don’t have and what was done unto you and what you did not receive and you will keep trying to bring back which is no longer true and part of who you are now and are to become. Don’t get snared in offense; it will paralyze your life expression. I know, I’ve been there and I had to wake up and take in the aroma of the roses now blooming and beckoning me into something greater than me. “Just being me” got old real fast and it was stagnation and had me stalemated. Don’t be stalemated by deception; living in the shame or nostalgia of the past.
May we not get so focused and stuck in our yesterdays and who we have been that we miss the beauty that life awaits to to bring and unleash in us today who and what we are to become. We must cultivate the container of our lives in order to carry and bring forth that which is new and fresh which can always aspire us to reach beyond the limitations we often tend to impose upon ourselves in our minds.
Live to the fullest today, because you do not know what tomorrow will bring.
“I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away”. (Ecclesiastes 3:14-15 ESV)
The journey is more important than the destination. You are always on your way but never arrive. The patience in the process produces a prevailing eternal weight of goodness that will reproduce itself over and over again into continual expansion of something greater and the rewards thereof never end. You finish a race well run because you kept moving and pressing for more with relentless passion. May we live life to the fullest, loving with our utmost greatest and is this not producing the greater glory where everyone wins in the end?