For the past couple of weeks I was asked the question: “Kuya, anong season mas masaya?… Singles or Youth?” After quickly thinking about it, I answered and said that one season isn’t better than the other. Both have their advantages. One of the best things about college is that it was a season for me where I had a lot of time in my hands. I was able to choose where to spend most of it. It was a time when I was able to meet new friends and build close relationships with the exorbitant time I had.
Yesterday, I attended a friend’s wedding. Her name is Arra and she was our lead vocalist for our band back in college. All the members of the band was there. It was such a refreshing and fun time just recalling all our sweet memories together. The band I played in back in college is one of my best memories for that season. I’ll never regret being a part of it and spending hours of my time practicing, jamming, making music, recording and playing with them.
Being a single professional also has its benefits, as this is a season where you’re already earning money and discovering the right career path. One of the best things of being in this season is that you don’t have to worry about doing homework on a weekend 😀 I bet that most students can’t wait to enter into this time of their lives. 😀
Again, going back to the question: “Kuya, anong season mas masaya?… Singles or Youth?” It’s not really about one season being better than the other. It’s about maximizing the season you are currently in. It’s about making the most of every opportunity given to you. Once you’re done with that season you can never come back and do things over again. So don’t rush yourselves out of the season you’re in. Every season is a preparation for the next one. Ecclesiastes gives us valuable wisdom and insights regarding seasons:
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
He has made everything beautiful in its time…
The Bible clearly embraces this idea and concept of seasons. I think seasons are one of the tools God uses to guide us in knowing and understanding his will for our lives. Again always remember:
Embrace your season and maximize every moment, time and opportunity God has given you for this period
The Apostle Paul also emphasizes this in the book of Ephesians:
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
He tells us in the ESV version above to “make the best use of time.” In the NIV version he tells us to “make the most out of every opportunity.” The greek word used for time here is the word “Kairos”. There are usually two greek words associated for time, one is Kairos while the other is “Chronos.” Kairos talks about the opportune time while Chronos talks about the passage of time i.e. (ticking of the clock, days, weeks, months etc.). The word Kairos can also be used to describe the Weather, thus Kairos here refers to seasons (opportune time). In essence what Paul is trying to say here is to make the best use, make the most, and maximize whatever season you’re in right now.
So if you’re a student, embrace your season as a student. Don’t let the season just pass you by. Don’t be too eager in entering the next season. Wait for it, it will come. Focus on honoring God with your studies. If you’re a single professional maximize that season. There are a lot of things you can do to advance God’s kingdom in the present day and age. Once you enter the next season there’s no more turning back. Always remember, every season is a preparation for the next.
Understand what God’s will is for you in the season you’re in (Ephesians 5:17). It’s very interesting that the author concludes that statement with an advice on how not to live our lives foolishly. In order to do that, in order to live wisely Paul exhorts us to understand and discover God’s will. Knowing God’s will and direction for your life is the best thing you can do to get the most out of your season. 🙂
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God bless you as you make the most out of your season! 🙂