“Discover your “why” and “how” to Make the Most of Your Time On Earth . . . now and forever
By James Hess
Every new year it is impossible to not reflect on the past year.
- All the ups and downs
- Joys and disappointments, And . . .
- Spiritual life lessons learned
It makes us do just that much more soul-searching.
All this is happening to me at the same time that I have noticed some very weird aches and pains in my body that I can’t quite explain. This causes me to turn to my Bible in prayer and search of peace and answers. God must have had a reason for this, but I “happened to” turn to read Ecclesiastes 3:1-15.
Pretty much the point of that chapter is that there is a time for everything in life. Just think of the Byrds song: “Turn, Turn, Turn.”
Those words of wisdom cause us to realize that God has a purpose for all of our ups and downs and that we need to cherish each day and moment.
In the hustle and bustle of this season the important things can get lost in the blur. The little opportunities to play a game with your family, sing, dance, pray, cry, and hold each other close should not be overlooked! These are the “whys” and “hows” for using all that God has given us for His glory.
God uses our sad times to help us cherish what we have
I will let you in on a little secret. I have to admit something a bit damaging about my personality.
Well, I have a tendency to think the worst about all of these recent little aches and pains my body has been feeling. . . it is a bad anxiety that I think borders on “hypochondria.” Sarah, my wife is a Registered Nurse and comforts me with her medical sense and rationality. Thank you God for blessing me with such a comforting wife!
Still, now and again my mind begins to race with worry. Could it be:
- The dreaded “C” word?
- My Great grandfather’s issue of a terrible embolism that took his life?
- My Grandfather’s issue with iron rich/thick blood that is destroying my organs?
- Everybody has high blood pressure, right? OR . . .
- It could just be normal aches and pains
I think the greater point of Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 is that there will always be ups and downs and that it is important to seize the day and cherish what matters most. Namely:
- Our relationship with God
- Our relationship with each other and,
- To love with all we got for each circumstance in life that we share together.
So, tomorrow I will wake up bright and early to go to my first doctor’s check-up visit in years. I will do this in order to get to the bottom of these weird aches and pains (they move from one spot on the left side of my body to another). The whole thing is a cause for concern, but it is also a cause to hold my loved ones that much closer and tighter! For that reason, you should make the most of your time on earth too!