What Time Is It? Ecclesiastes 3

What Time Is It? Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, a purpose for everything under heaven

What Time Is It?

Know Your Season

There’s a very familiar passage of scripture in Ecclesiastes Chapter 3. The passage was made famous by the song, “Turn! Turn! Turn! by The Byrds” It begins like this, “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:”

I think that there’s something profoundly relevant for each of us within these verses. As you read each verse below, I challenge you to ask the question, “What time is it?”

Each relationship and every aspect of our lives is marked by seasons. Understanding the seasons of life gives us the power and ability to act with wisdom and confidence.

[pullquote2 align=”center” variation=”slategrey” cite=”Ecclesiastes 3:2″]A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.[/pullquote2]

What dream is waiting to be birthed through your life?  What misguided ambition needs to be laid to rest? What actions are you sowing into your future, and what areas of your daily routine need to be uprooted?

[pullquote2 align=”center” variation=”slategrey” cite=”Ecclesiastes 3:3″]A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up.[/pullquote2]

Are there relationships or other aspects of your life that need to be severed completely? Is there a relationship from the past that needs mended? What time is it? Time to build or time to tear down?

[pullquote2 align=”center” variation=”slategrey” cite=”Ecclesiastes 3:4″]A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance.[/pullquote2]

Is it time to be aware of others in your sphere of influence for a change? Are they weeping or rejoicing? Do they need a shoulder to cry on, or do they need someone to celebrate them?

[pullquote2 align=”center” variation=”slategrey” cite=”Ecclesiastes 3:5″]A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.[/pullquote2]

What do you stand for? What are you here for? What is your purpose in life, your passion, the silent screaming of your heart?

[pullquote2 align=”center” variation=”slategrey” cite=”Ecclesiastes 3:6″]A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away.[/pullquote2]

Do you still believe there’s a buried treasure out there waiting for you to discover? Are you holding onto the right memories, or are your perspectives and emotions cluttered by the negative ones?

[pullquote2 align=”center” variation=”slategrey” cite=”Ecclesiastes 3:7″]A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to be silent and a time to speak.[/pullquote2]

Are your words tearing others down, or are they tools that help to mend the brokenness of life? Should you be more focused in your listening, or is it time to speak the difficult words they need to hear?

[pullquote2 align=”center” variation=”slategrey” cite=”Ecclesiastes 3:8″]A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace.[/pullquote2]

Who or what do you love? Are you willing to fight for it? Are you willing to hate those things which could destroy it? Is it time for battle, or is it time to enjoy life for a while?

Back to the Beginning

Sometimes in life, the best place to end is the very place we started – only with a different perspective this time.

“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven”

What time is it for you?

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Jeremy BinnsWhen I'm not trying to save the world from the coming zombie invasion, I love my wife, hug my daughters, write, photograph, listen, observe, explore, and worship.View all posts by Jeremy Binns →

  • http://www.timthompsonshares.com/ Tim Thompson

    I think you’ve gotten into my mind as of late. Every aspect of this is the very things I have had to consider as I’ve started taking authorship of my legacy as I recently posted about. Have a great week, Tim

    • http://www.jeremybinns.com/ Jeremy Binns

      That’s awesome. I really enjoyed the post about Legacy. You said something in there that really connected with me too. I think it was something along the lines of, ‘Your family is the most immediate and far reaching area where we can affect our legacy’.

      I love how God connects people. You have a great week too!

      -j

  • Chris

    Love the article. Very straightforward and to the point on each topic. I just started a series on this topic at my website. Would love your thoughts on it: http://www.theway-book.com/compass/a-time-to-1

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot

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