You are always in a season. You’ve heard it or read it, but listen to the words of Solomon or Qoheleth in Ecclesiastes 3:
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.
This year, I’m reading through the bible using the ESV Study Bible plan on Youversion, and this was the very first reading. I think I know why they decided to make this number one:
We must learn to name that tune.
Allow me to get a bit metaphorical on you, but our lives (our jobs, our families, the ministries we are a part of or lead) are a song. People play their parts. The music moves forward. It weaves in and out of crescendos and decrescendos. Quiet and loud. Fast and slow.
And it’s vital we learn, as pastors leaders parents children people, to name the tune we are living in, to identify the season.
As Bill Hybels writes in one of my favorite leadership books of all-time Axiom:
“A key responsibility of the leader is to know what season the organization is in, to name it, and then to communicate the implications of that season to his or her followers.”
There is always a song playing; you’re always in a season.
And when you and I are able to identify the song, to name the tune, we’ll more accurately be able to understand whether we need to push or pull out, whether we need to lean in or lean out, whether we need to take a deep breath and embrace the ride, or open our eyes and enjoy the music.
By identifying the tune and season we are in, we’re able to more effectively lead our families, our churches, and our lives.
What tune is playing in your life right now?