As we enter the holiday season once again, I’ve been reflecting on the whole life experience of “seasons”. Looking back on my football experience, we were always in some type of season, either the playing season or the “off” season. Both seasons had their life cycle of anticipation for the start, working into new habits and routines, grinding through the middle and pushing to make it to the finish. Along the way, each step has it’s challenges. In football it was working through the initial soreness of exercising new muscles, and then pushing through the exhaustion and injuries that came along the way.
The seasons of life are much the same no matter where we are. It also seems like we are always in a couple seasons at the same time. As humans, in relationship with other humans, we are developing relationships, nurturing relationships, ending relationships and beginning new ones. Along the way, and in the path of all of this, are opportunities for us to see God working in our lives and the lives of others if we pay attention. Jesus Christ is first, and foremost, about relationships and our purpose as Christians is to emulate His example of loving people where they are and walking with them at a pace they can sustain to follow His teachings.
1 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. 2 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. 3 A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. 4 A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. 5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. 6 A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. 7 A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. 8 A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace. [Ecc 3:1-8 NLT]
In our BBQ world, seasons come and go, Champions are crowned, honors bestowed at year end banquets and bystanders are ready to make the leap into the competition world. Older, more seasoned competitors drift out of the competition grind and new teams are there to come along and fill their spots. It’s a life cycle that will continue to play out for our sport. We are closing this year’s season and already looking forward to next year. Some of us will be fading away into other roles in our BBQ world, and the memories of traveling around the country on the Competition BBQ circuit will always hold a special place in our hearts.
Whatever “season” you are in right now, cherish it for the blessing God has for you. Enjoy Your children for the ages they are, Enjoy your job for the gift it is, Enjoy your family no matter what the past includes, for all of us have dents and scratches that need to be over-looked. I for one, am excited about the season change I’m in right now and excited with anticipation for what the future holds.
Above all else…Life has many choices, eternity has 2! Make Jesus Christ Your Lord and Savior Today, Give Him Your whole Heart! What are You waiting for?
Jeff Loves Jesus and since being saved... born-again... my desire is to work for Him in whatever capacity that becomes. :)