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How to live in each season of life ecclesiastes 3 1 11


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How to live in each season of life ecclesiastes 3 1 11

  1. 1. How To Live in Each Season of Life Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>This chapter is about the different seasons in man’s life </li></ul><ul><li>Presented in a series of fourteen contrasts </li></ul><ul><li>These contrasts almost cover nearly every event of life </li></ul><ul><li>This chapter is for every person , in every place , and in every circumstance </li></ul>
  3. 3. “ Turn, Turn, Turn” <ul><li>Composed by Pete Seeger </li></ul><ul><li>Popularized by The Byrds </li></ul><ul><li>The lyrics are taken almost verbatim from the King James version of the Bible (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) </li></ul><ul><li>One of a few mainstream songs to set a large portion of scripture to music </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Seasons of Life
  5. 5. I. Accept what life has to offer
  6. 6. “ There are seasons” <ul><li>“ There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…” </li></ul><ul><li>Written by a man who understood what life is all about. </li></ul><ul><li>Life has seasons </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing is permanent </li></ul><ul><li>It changes when we least expect it </li></ul><ul><li>Key Principle: ACCEPTANCE </li></ul>
  7. 7. “ There are seasons” <ul><li>“ Practicing acceptance, of even the worst of circumstances, is a powerful life changing tool” </li></ul><ul><li>Many things are totally beyond our control </li></ul><ul><li>They are God’s appointed seasons </li></ul><ul><li>“ Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” Job 2:10 </li></ul><ul><li>Lets accept what life has to offer! </li></ul>
  8. 8. II. Adapt to the changes of life
  9. 9. “ There are reasons” <ul><li>“ He has made everything beautiful in its time…” </li></ul><ul><li>Paraphrased: “ God has made all things fitting and perfect in his own appointed time…” </li></ul><ul><li>Two concepts of time in Greek </li></ul><ul><li>Quantity of time (chronos) </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of time (kairos) </li></ul>
  10. 10. “ There are reasons” <ul><li>Often it seems life doesn’t make sense at all </li></ul><ul><li>How can a good God allow bad things to happen? </li></ul><ul><li>It no fair! </li></ul><ul><li>Key Principle: TRUST </li></ul><ul><li>Either these seasons will bring us to a point of worry and despair, or to a point or trust and growth. </li></ul>
  11. 11. III. Appreciate each season of life
  12. 12. “ These are promotions” <ul><li>“ He has also set eternity in the hearts of men…” </li></ul><ul><li>In every seasons especially the painful and difficult ones… </li></ul><ul><li>Discover Godliness </li></ul><ul><li>Discover the Gems </li></ul><ul><li>Discover God </li></ul><ul><li>“ Life is a school to the wise man and an enemy of the fool.” </li></ul>
  13. 13. “ These are promotions” <ul><li>Key Principle: MAXIMIZE </li></ul><ul><li>How to maximize life’s seasons </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be get stuck </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize the changing season </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t waste any hurt </li></ul><ul><li>Take it slow </li></ul><ul><li>“ The only difference between a stepping stone and stumbling block is how you use it .” </li></ul>
  14. 14. What now? <ul><li>Accept the season in which you are in now. </li></ul><ul><li>Believe that God is with you in every season in your life </li></ul><ul><li>Chose how to act and behave in any and every season of life. </li></ul><ul><li>Discover the gift in your present season because it can propel you to new heights </li></ul>