Reason, Season or Lifetime

Thursday I will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of my 25th birthday ~ in other words, my 40th. As I look back at the last year or even the last 10+ years, I find myself reflecting over the age old questions of “Did I accomplish the things I needed or wanted to? Am I where I “thought” I’d be or where I “wanted” to be at this point in life?” As I thought about all those who have come and gone from my life, some by choice and some just by circumstance, I was reminded of the words, “Reason, Season, or Lifetime”. I used this poem in a devotion back in 2011. Wow, I’ve been blessed to be a part of this ministry for 5 years!!

For those of you who have heard this poem, I think it’s worth sharing again and for those of you who are reading this for the first time, may it speak to you …

Reason, Season, or Lifetime
People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you figure out which one it is,
you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON,
it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty;
to provide you with guidance and support;
to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON,
because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person,
and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.
— Unknown

Sunday as we listened to a message on “Why bad things happen to good people?” I was reminded once again that God is a constant in our lives. God said it himself, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5 and Deuteronomy 31:6) So no matter who or what may cross our path, no matter what happens, we are blessed by His grace and mercy … His unconditional love and acceptance. What better gift could we all be given than to have God in our lives for a lifetime?

I’m ready and excited to move into a new chapter of my life and I’m excited to see what God has planned; where He will show up and show off. I’m thankful for the roller coaster ride of the good and the bad that has been a part of my life. I’m thankful for the Friends who have come and gone from my life. While things are not always easy … and some things I’d rather forget, I know that without each of these stepping stones, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Thank God for Reasons, Seasons and Lifetimes.

Dear God, we give thanks for all of the Reasons, Seasons and Lifetimes we have experienced and those yet to come. May our hearts and minds be open as we embrace all you have given us, remembering that each is a precious gift from you. In your name we pray. Amen.

April Schauer

(Editor's note: happy birthday April! We celebrate YOU ! 

 


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