Friday, November 14, 2008

There is a Time for Everything

The passage you see in the picture is from the Bible. It is from the book of Ecclesiastes, chapter 3.
The passage begins by telling us there is a Season and a Time for every Purpose. We are about to enter that Season but there will not be much Time so I am Hoping you do not neglect it's Purpose. What am I talking about you ask? This is the time of the year that things get a little hectic. Two major Holidays close to one another. Thanksgiving and, Christmas followed closely by New Years. Already you are making plans. This year will be a little harder. Money is tight and people are not traveling as much as they were. They can't. Thanksgiving and Christmas usually involve travel and expense. Families and friends getting together to celebrate. Celebrate what? Thanksgiving, a time to reflect and thank God for His Provision and Blessings. A time to stop and reflect on all the things we really have to be thankful for. Make a list. I am sure we would all be surprised at how many things would be on that list. But somewhere in the travel and food preparation there will not be much time for Giving Thanks. Try this...At the thanksgiving meal this year go around the table before you eat and ask each person to just name one thing they are thankful for. I think you will find it will make the meal and the travel and the season a little better. Then of course there is Christmas. A time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ our Savior. But, somewhere in the shopping and traveling and buying gifts with money you don't have we will miss the Purpose of it all. Try this....On Christmas morning before all the gifts are opened stop and read the Christmas Story from Luke Chapter 2. It will give the Season much more Purpose if we take the Time. Or you could just rip open the presents because that's what it is really about anyway. By the way can you remember 3 things you received last Christmas? I didn't think so.
Jeff Nichols

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