“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NLT
A classic passage! Obviously, the focal word in this passage is "time". Time is a boundary, a measurement, a space, an allotment, a dispensation. Time is finite, it can be measured. Each day we live, each breath we take, each choice we make, each action we take, are all placed in a space of time. There are seasons within time. Just as we, naturally, experience Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring we, also, experience seasons in our lives. How we sow the seed of our time helps determine the length and conditions of our seasons. Solomon, the author of Ecclesiastes, was an older man when he penned the words of the above passage. He had lived a life of luxury and self indulgence. As he looked back over his life he saw in 20/20. Only if he had known then what he knew now. I can hear some of you saying right now - "Oh Yes!". Each of us are given, by God, time. What we do with that time is our choice. Let us choose carefully. We must always bear in mind that this time will come to an end. How we have lived during this time will leave its mark upon history and will be brought in account before the Lord Jesus Christ. What kind of forecast are you projecting with the current use of your time? Blessing, curse? Heaven, Hell? In this present time we are defining and determining our destiny. Choosing to live for the Lord Jesus Christ will cause us to properly utilize our time, promote the future for us and our children, and reserve an eternal reward. We must live to live again. We must spend our time wisely. None of us know how much of it we have.
Rev. Curtis Norris