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Telling Time: Keep or Toss?

by in Soul Food

"There is a time for everything . . . a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away." (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 6)

We're closing in on New Year's and thinking about God's Word for a few minutes.

And what inspiring words to get your year started: "a time to give up," "a time to throw away." Well, that's the problem with seasons. They don't always follow the calendar. No matter how badly we'd like to start everything fresh and new and perfect on January 1 -- and keep it that way -- sometimes life isn't that tidy.

Maybe God still has you in a season of searching for the right friends, the right college, the right major -- or maybe the deadline has passed and it's time to settle in to where He has you today.

Maybe God wants you to try again to make an old relationship work -- or maybe the best way you could possibly start this new year is to get as far away from a destructive boy/girlfriend or other friends as possible.

Whatever your season, resolve to live wisely in this new year. The times are always right for wisdom.

Think: Have you experienced seasons of searching for something? How did you know when it was time to stop looking? How do you know when it's time to throw away an unhelpful habit or relationship?

Pray: Ask God to help you to have the wisdom to know when it's time to search or to stop searching. Then ask Him for the wisdom to know when it's time to hold on to something or to throw it away.

Do: Ask one or more of your parents to tell you about a season of searching and how they knew when it was time to stop looking. Or ask how they have decided to end relationships that were unhealthy or maybe hurting their relationship with God.

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