In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 it says, “1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
As I am thinking about 2012, I love this passage because it challenges me to ask the question, ‘what do I need to start doing and what do I need to stop doing?’ As I walk outside and look at my spring/summer garden plants and their shriveled up remains, I realize it’s definitely time for some uprooting. As I walked in my garage last night I was very graphically reminded that it’s time to give and throw a lot of stuff away. In my relationships I am challenged to bite my tongue in certain situations and to fight being passive and speak out when I am tempted to be silent. What about you? As we are now in the first few days of 2012, what is time for you to do?