There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Eccl. 3:1-8

I was looking at this for a wedding I am performing this weekend, and it struck me as very true and blog-worthy. I know this is true, but the challenge is knowing when it is time for what. When is it time to be silent, and when is it time to speak? When should I laugh and when should I cry?

The one that struck me is the verse that says “there is a time to keep and a time to throw away.” I am a bit of a packrat, and so I am loathe to throw things away. I always have the opinion that everything, no matter how much of a pain it is to deal with, has a use. But according to Solomon, that isn’t true. Not everything is always useful, and there is a time at which you have to realize that a thing has outlived its usefulness and needs to be discarded.

There are many times in my life when I have been silent when I should have spoken, and other times when I have spoken when I should have been silent. I pray that I will have the wisdom of God to do and say the things that are “in season.”

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