Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 NIV

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes is a book of wisdom literature in canonical (religious/important) Jewish and Christian Scripture.  It means preacher or member of assembly in Greek.  It was written in poetic style to let the reader know that life is meaningless without God.  These particular verses speak about life and what will come or has already come.  It gives you a glimpse of what every human on earth will encounter.  Like it or not.  How do we carry on?  How do we temper our insatiable appetite for more and a need for less?

As a child, I loved going on the see saw.  My friend on one side and I on the other.  Both of us happy to see how long we could keep the other high in the sky.  I learned that if I keep my legs spread when I hit the ground, I could hold her up longer.  It caused me to sit back further and then she moved forward.  I became heavier in what began as equal.  

I picture a see saw.  One side sits our challenges, regrets, and tribulations, and on the other side sits our successes and joys.  On top of the  fulcrum sits the cross of Christ; steadily balancing ever so quickly to fall.  At ground level waiting patiently in the grass ready for us to pick up are bricks.  These bricks are so nicely placed by Satan.  They have labels such as but not limited to; self confidence, hopelessness, overly active, bitterness, frustration, fun, and doubt.  This is the see saw of life.

As we go through this life of joys and tribulations, we will often grab a brick  desperately clinging to it.  If in a season of tribulation and bricks are added, we get weighed down and the cross falls.  If in a season of joy and bricks are added, then we lose the cross again.  Our center is when life with both can be balanced by focusing on completeness in Christ.

There is beauty in our lives here on this planet.  Christ has died and God has forgiven our every sin; sins of joy and sorrow.  We have the choice to pick up the cross and begin anew each day.

Jeremiah 29: 11-13 NIV

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.


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