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Life's Seasons
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“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). We are perhaps the busiest generation ever to live. Despite our many “labor saving devices” we’re pulled a hundred different directions, sometimes all in one day. There’s the project at the office, the teenager’s carpooling schedule, the toddler’s potty training, that upcoming dinner party, volunteer work, home repair projects, the needs of aging parents—no wonder we are frazzled! So many people are reaching out for our time and energies that we may want to cry out, “How can there possibly be a time for everything?”

In her book “A Season at Home” Debbie Barr suggests that one reason today’s generation has become so exhausted is that we are trying to experience all the natural seasons of life simultaneously. We want to have it all, do it all, right now. Ignoring the logical sequences of life is like trying to have winter and summer at the same time – like trying to build snowmen when it’s 90 degrees outside.

“Let everything be done decently and in order,” advises the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:40. Barr believes that this principle is even truer today as we are faced with a stunning array of choices and opportunities for the use of our time. Her solution for bringing order into a potentially chaotic lifestyle is a method called sequencing. Simply put, sequencing means doing activities in a logical, sequentially planned pattern throughout one’s lifetime instead of trying to do everything at once.

Sequencing Keeps Us Balanced

There is something very refreshing and freeing about making a firm decision to set aside one pursuit in favor of another. And as our goals stand in line, each patiently waiting its turn, we are free to accomplish more in each successive season of life. Sequencing gives us a practical way to meet needs; it breathes realism into the biblical concept of stewardship, making it especially relevant for our busy lives. Best of all, it affords us the blessing of concentrating on each season without regrets and without apologies. Then as the seasons of our lives change we can change with them, not running ahead or lagging behind, but living in harmony with the natural order.

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