The Right Time

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Byrds in the 60’s wrote a song based on Ecclesiastics 3:1-9, "For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.” If you have listened to any classic rock you have heard it.

As we close out 2011 and enter 2012, it is a time to ponder time spent.  We can only learn from 2011, it is nearly gone.  All we have is the opportunity to invest our time in 2012.  How is it that you hope to view time next year?  Most of us desire to change our ways at least a bit.  For each of us the key to a fresh direction is listening to our heart, and knowing when the time is right.  No one can scream at us, no matter how hard, and bring the change in their time.  For no one else really knows our heart or our timing.  The best we can do to assist the other on their journey is to invest well by taking ample time to listen.

A therapist once told me that, in therapy, the greatest challenge is to offer help at the right time.  “People’s problems must be allowed to ripen," he explained.  “The premature offer of a solution to their problem will not be received.  The therapist must be patient, must allow the client to talk and talk, and wait and wait for just the right time.”  Aristotle said that, in telling someone the truth, the trick was to tell them the truth at the right time. Maybe God knows enough about us not to rush.  Maybe only God knows when just the right time is.  Maybe.

In January we will explore the gift of TIME in our teachings in worship.  On January 15th, Brad Corrigan will be with us to give an update on Love Light and Melody and what God is up to with time for mission.  On January 29th, internationally known speaker Terry Hershey will be with us to discuss how to utilize our time with the power of PAUSE.  On the 8th and 22nd, I will be speaking on God’s teaching on time from the Ecclesiastes 3:1-9 text in the Old Testament.

Enjoy whatever holiday time you have remaining with family and friends.  Listen and love well.

New Year’s Blessings!

Still in One Peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen

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