Making Each Season Count

There is a time for everything,and a season for every activity under the heavens...Ecclesiastes 3:3 (NIV).

 My two oldest grandchildren, now 12 and 13, spent several days with me recently. Cheyenne is now taller than I am by almost two inches. Her brother, Brennan, is also catching up with my five foot plus three inches. I’m not getting any taller, but they are.

It’s sometimes difficult to fathom how fast the years have gone. It seems just like yesterday that I was changing their diapers. While I miss those years, I’m enjoying this new season in life. Watching God at work in them and through them is a delight to this praying “Nana.”

A friend’s essay in a Christian writer’s newsletter made me think about our time here on earth. Martha, who turned 60 recently, wrote, “Am I really that old?”

Then, she questioned herself. “What do I have to show for sixty years of living? What impact have I made on my world? Do I even have a legacy to leave? If I die tomorrow, what would be put on my gravestone?”

Like me, Martha may have another 30 years to live or we may die tomorrow. Neither of us cares about making a name for ourselves, but we want our children and grandchildren to know what it means to have a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ. We want others to know the peace only God can give.

As Christian writers, we know the best way to leave a legacy is through our writing. Encouraging other writers in our group, she wrote, “I believe my heart, and yours too, is in the right place. But if we never get what’s in our heart on paper or on the computer screen for our loved ones and the rest of the world to read, our gift will never see fruition.

“Sixty years are behind me. I can’t bring them back. I can’t catch up or regain wasted time. But I’m determined to make each day count. I challenge you to do the same. Write out your goals. Determine with me to do something each day toward accomplishing those goals,” she added.

An aging man was asked, “Which is the happiest season of life?”

He replied, “When spring comes, and in the soft air the buds are breaking on the trees, and they are covered with blossoms, I think, ‘How beautiful is spring.’ When summer comes and covers the trees with its heavy foliage, and singing birds are among the branches, I think, ‘How beautiful is summer.’

When autumn loads them with golden fruit, and their leaves bear the gorgeous tint of frost, I think, ‘How beautiful is autumn.’ And when it is severe winter, and there is neither foliage nor fruit, then I look up through the leafless branches as I never could until now, and see the stars shine in God’s home.”

Before we’re called to our heavenly home, we need to make each season count.

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4 thoughts on “Making Each Season Count

  1. My 79th birthday is right around the corner, and as what was said: “I can’t bring them back”, nope can’t do that. The past is history, the future is not yet, so all I’ve got is this moment when I’m pressing the keys of this plastic machine one letter at a time thinking of the next letter, a space, a comma, the next letter and finally a period to end this comment. What did it all mean? Why did I do it? Hmm? That’s been the story of my life; one letter at a time and yes, mis-spellings and grammatical mistakes made because I wasn’t paying attention. Too busy to know that there is a right and a wrong way to communicate, following the rules of English grammar.

    • Happy early birthday, Arnold! I know you have seen and experienced a lot of history. Things have changed so much, haven’t they? I was born in 1953 and I’ve seen lots of changes also–and not always for the best. Oh well, we can’t stop progress but it sure would be nice to return to the simpler times before the world became so crazy. Oh, and there’s nothing wrong with your grammar and spelling. God bless you and I wish you many more birthdays!

  2. Your style of sharing Christ through your writing is refreshing. This is the voice I’m hoping comes out in my own works.

    I’m a fairly new writer, on paper. I’m well seasoned in story telling but all those books are similar to the old silent movies. They remain in my mind and soul.

    In this season (now retired and 65,) those stories will take shape on paper. Your writing encourages me, both in my daily God time as well as through motivation to share His love to others.

    I hope someday we will have an opportunity to meet.

    Thank you,
    Connie Cox
    Broken Arrow, OK

    • Thank you, Connie! I’ve been writing my weekly column for almost 12 years. If God has placed it on your heart you will succeed if you keep following His leading. I always pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance before I write. I live in Grove, OK. Maybe we can meet for lunch sometime. I will be teaching an 8-week “Writing in Ministry” class on Thursdays beginning August 31 at Victory Bible College, 10:30 – 12:30. We could make plans to meet one day after my class is over. Email me with your phone number and I will give you mine.

      Here is the advice I give writers (not my original advice but from another Christian author)…put your butt on the chair and write. 🙂