Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV) To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven:
Remember, your calendar is a clock also and just as important as the watch that is on your arm.
The watch on your arm tells you the hour of the day; your calendar reminds you of the season of the day.
It does you no good to plant corn when there is snow on the ground; you have to plant corn during “planting season.”
Spending an extra hour with God today doesn’t make up for the damage that was done because you missed your time with him yesterday. You missed that season.
Lavishing love on your grandchildren now doesn’t make up for missing your own children’s childhood.
Loving your second wife doesn’t undo the damage of the divorce that resulted because you neglected your first marriage. You blew that season.
There is a time and season for everything—to miss that season is to forever lose the harvest of that season.
When I was a teenager organized sports was a no-no in the conservative community I grew up in. There was only one week per year that I was able to play organized sports—my week at Summer Youth camp. To a very sports-minded teenage that week was huge.
My dad would always be there and was usually the coach of the team I played on. Dad was a rabid fan of our team. You’d have thought we were playing for the World Series. Some people thought he was a little “over the top” but he understood something—if he was going to be there for his boy it had to be then or never. To have downplayed that week or to have missed it would have been to have missed some of the most precious and important moments of my life as a young teenager.
There was only a narrow window of opportunity for dad to share those moments with me—one week per year for only a few short years.
Today, sports matter little to me and my glove and bat have long been put away, but the memories I have with my dad way back then…they are priceless; I’m so glad he understood what time it was.
- The ONE THING for today: Understanding the seasons of life is more important than just knowing the time of day.
1 Chronicles 12:32 (NASB)
Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do…