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Changing seasons mean time for growth

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Column by Shirley Jones

By Shirley Jones

“The men of Issachar…understood the seasons.” I Chronicles 12:32

Describing life in chilly New England, one Christian author writes: “Newcomers get the false impression that there will hardly be much of a winter, so they continue sightseeing and relaxation with little regard for the deep freeze that inevitably arrives.

“Seasoned souls are not so foolish, they use that brief interlude to prepare for winter’s bitter blast. Early on I learned a valuable lesson winter can be endured with much greater success if you prepared for its arrival.”

Learn to recognize your life’s seasons. The men of Issachar were considered wise because they “understood the seasons.”

A change of season can come in the form of a job layoff or the loss of a loved one. It can come as a new relationship or a promotion. It can also manifest itself in a sense of restlessness, a feeling that you’ve outgrown something that once excited and challenged you.

Seasons are growth opportunities that keep you progressing towards the ultimate fulfillment of God’s plan for your life. Sticking with the familiar can be fatal. It’s dangerous to wait until your circumstances change before making a move that God already has ordained.

The best way to avoid that is by staying closely connected to him; developing your spiritual radar; and moving without doubt or hesitation when he says it’s time.

So while you’re taking down your decorations and Christmas lights, take down those old attitudes that are hindering you from confidently moving into the next season God has for you.

The art of living means recognizing the seasons, navigating through them and squeezing the joy out of every minute en route.