I am at a very unique season of life. In May, I turned 40. People warned me that life would be different. My body would begin falling apart. My eyes would lose focus. My hearing would dwindle. Life would never be like it was when I was 26.
As I have pondered all of those things in the past months, I can come to this simple conclusion. Life is never again suppose to be like it was at 26. To dream of living in a season that no longer exists actually takes away from the pleasure and joy of my current season.
There are all sorts of implications of the previous statement in my life, in your life and in the lives of our churches. Each of us has a past. Each of us has a story. Each of our stories has different seasons. Each of those seasons teach us principles that are valuable for the rest of our lives.
For example, I cannot imagine understanding how to raise a teenager without first enduring the pre-school years. They are different seasons, yet have similarities. Each of those age categories is trying to figure out a few things in life to claim ownership over. Each age group is discovering new things every week.
The teenager would never go back to the pre-school years because he has made new discoveries beyond pre-school.
Isn’t the same thing true about adults? You may have caught yourself saying something like, “I wish I knew then what I know now.” Life doesn’t work that way.
Philippians 3:13 says, “But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus” (HCSB).
This verse should teach us the prize comes when we continue to move forward within God’s call. Verse 14 tells us this is what mature people do.
As you read this, I encourage you to continue moving forward in life. I encourage you to abide in your current season of life , anticipate your next season of life and give God as much glory as possible.
Each of us will discover new things along our journey that we wished we knew earlier. It would possibly saved some stresses in life. However, each of us discovered things in those season that has shaped us to become the individuals we are today. Value your past and learn from it. Be careful that you do not abide in it.
My life is a journey, with new chapters along the way. I continue to discover new things about myself, my family and Jesus. I am convinced that is how life is suppose to be. If I do not abide in the current season of life, I might miss what God has for me to discover now.
How is your journey? Are you abiding in your current season of life? Are you discovering more about Jesus?
If enduring your current season is the best you can do, I pray that you will discover how Jesus is walking beside you every step of the journey.