There are seasons all around us… Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter.
Just like the world around us, there are seasons in our lives…
- When my back needed surgery, I went through a season of inactivity.
- When summer hits, I go through a season of busyness with trips and events.
- We go through seasons of happiness, seasons of sadness, seasons of sickness and seasons of pain.
Seasons are often beyond our control. Whether we like it or not, our environment often pushes seasonal situations on us and all we can do is make a plan and push through.
But we can’t blame everything on a naturally occurring season. Some things in our life are longer running themes that we have chosen and embraced.
- Good themes like… Joy. Peace. Honesty. Love. Teamwork.
- Or negative themes like… Bitterness. Laziness. Worry. Divisiveness. Selfishness.
Seasons are easier than themes.
- They’re easier to recognize.
- They’re easier to blame.
- And they’re easier to hide behind.
It’s so much easier to blame our poor leadership and weak performance on a temporary lack of focus or momentary lapse in judgement than it is to admit to a theme of not following through.
It’s much easier to blame the state of our family on temporary, outside influences than to own the fact that there’s a theme of poor communication and narcissism.
If you’re frustrated with where you’re at, ask yourself this question… Are you currently in a season or in the middle of a long-running theme?
If you’re in a season, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Push on and persevere.
But if you’re experiencing a recurring theme, jump off the tracks. You know where this ride ends. And you don’t want to go there again.