Seasons In Our Life
I had the pleasure of joining a women’s discussion group from my church recently. They graciously allowed me to lead a discussion on life. Yup, we tackled life. As you can imagine we meandered around a lot of thoughts moving in many directions.
At one point one of the ladies made a statement that caused me to stop in my tracks. What is this season about? That’s the phrase that gave me pause. Just like the weather, our lives have seasons. Of course we don’t often think of that when young because we’re so busy living.
But then we hit those later years and reflection becomes a common occurrence. And why not when you consider we have a longer path behind us than we likely do ahead. It’s about this time that we can begin to wonder, what does it all mean? What is my purpose for being here…what is this season of my life about?
One of the group believes this season for her is about being three things:
As a catalyst, she finds herself starting new things and then passing them on to someone else to carry forward.
As a connector, she uses the many people she’s met over the years and the experience she’s gained to connect people and things for specific endeavors.
As an encourager, she finds people are divinely placed on her path, giving her the opportunity to reinforce who they are, what they’re doing, and encourages them to continue on.
What if you were that person, putting forth the effort to explore your greater purpose. Each of us has gifts that sometimes haven’t matured until we reach our later years. It may have taken a lifetime to hone them, and equally long to gain the confidence to be who you were meant to be. It’s possible that you’ve been aware of your purpose but needed to build the courage to act on it.
Age allows our minds to move toward reflection. It also quiets the noise and insecurity of our youth and allows the wisdom of age to shine a light on our purpose. Instead of deciding that age has ended your ability to change lives, I believe it grows your ability to do so. We have the obligation to share our life lessons with those who could benefit from them.
Wisdom is wasted when it sits silently in our consciousness.