Well, another Winter has passed (for most of us) and a new Spring is here. I say for most of us since there are many in parts of our country who are still getting snowfall and dipping temperatures. In fact, I've just received pictures and videos of the snowfall accumulation from relatives in Wyoming. brrrrrrrrr! I'm just thankful I don't have to shovel it.
As this new season begins, I am reminded of how temporary so many things in life are. Babies become toddlers, kids become teenagers, teenagers become adults, middle-agers, well, age. While we at Lighthouse believe learning is for life, we obviously realize that the education we give our students is temporary. We relish the thought of sowing many good seeds into the lives of both our students and their families with the hope for great harvests to come in their futures. That in itself is a picture of different seasons in our lives.
King Solomon, in his book of Ecclesiastes, wrote something quoted millions of times since. In fact, in the mid-1960s, the popular rock band The Byrds made Solomon's words famous with their hit Turn! Turn! Turn! Here is his most famous passage in the book:
1 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. 2 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. 3 A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. 4 A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. 5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. 6 A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. 7 A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. 8 A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.
While not exhaustive, Solomon pretty much captures a lot of life's activities.
A big obstacle many people struggle with is hanging on to a season long after that season has already passed. An example of this is when an older man may still behave like a teenager or maybe when a woman, long past her teens or twenties, still dresses like a young girl. Typically, this kind of behavior demonstrates a lack of maturity and/or willingness to embrace what God is doing in one's life.
As a follower of Jesus, it is incumbent upon us to walk in maturity. The apostle Paul, in his first letter to the church at Corinth put it this way, "When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things."
Now is the season of graduation for some of our student at Lighthouse. And we are tickled pink about it! It's a new season not only for the students, but also for their parents, family, friends, teachers and, of course, Lighthouse Christian School.
Congratulations to each of our graduating Seniors! Now, go and walk boldly into this next season of your life!