A couple of posts ago I mentioned Ben Sasse’s book Them. I’ll finish it before the sun goes down, but I’m taking a break to ask a question.
The question comes after reading chapter seven entitled “Buy a Cemetary Plot” (you should get your own copy to find out what that title’s about). That chapter contains thoughtful words from a 2017 commencement address by Josh Gibbs, a teacher and author in Richmond, Virginia. Address paraphrase: life is full of seasons in which we are tempted to look forward to the next season in order to find contentment. Sasse includes this quote by Gibbs:
Contentment is a condition of the soul, and it does not come with getting what you want, but in giving thanks to God for what you have been given.
Both writers lead their reader to the third chapter of Ecclesiastes where Solomon describes how everything has its time:
Birth, death; love, hate; gain, lose; weeping, laughing; breaking down, building up; silence, speaking; war, peace; gathering, discarding; mourning, dancing; planting, gleaning; embracing, distancing; tearing, sewing.
Then Sasse wrote this:
The wise man learns how to grow where he is planted. He chooses joy. He embraces the time and season.
And that’s what forms my question: What time is it?
- What time is it in your season of life?
- What time is it in your family?
- What time is it in your community?
- What time is it in your church?
- What time is it in your country?
Solomon said every time has a purpose. To wring every ounce of purpose out of their time, the wise make these choices:
- Choose to embrace this time and season
- Choose joy
- Choose to learn and grow
- Choose to thank God for what He’s already given