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By Lisa Nordell-Detres
I cannot read Ecclesiastes 3 without that Byrd’s song from the 60’s starting up in my head. “To everything, turn, turn, turn, there is a season, turn, turn, turn, and a time for every purpose, under Heaven….” There is so much truth to this passage that if we were to step back from whatever life season in which we currently live, we just might find that everything is temporary. If you love your place in the world right now, enjoy it to the fullest because it won’t last. Likewise, if you are going through some of the hardest times in your life, hang in there, because that too, will come to an end.
By the time King Solomon wrote this book, he was nearing the end of his life and looked back on all his accomplishments, which were many, as vain, meaningless, worthless. After living through multiple seasons of life, the last thing any of us want to feel is that everything we did in life was useless. Whatever season in life we are currently experiencing, we want to know that what we are doing is significant, but how do we do that? What really is important in this life?
The main misunderstanding of our purpose in life often comes from inflated egos that say that in order for an accomplishment to be of value, it has to be measured in terms of success like wealth, power or fame. What gives life meaning is to love and be loved, to use our gifts and talents to enrich the lives of those around us. To give of ourselves to the service of God and others produces rewards and brings such meaning and fulfillment that cannot be explained, only experienced.
If you want to find meaning in whatever season of life in which you are currently living, look for the good and find the lessons to be learned in everything. Remember that your greatest personal growth will more than likely come in the hard times, while the fondest memories will come from our interactions with those we love.
Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys with a third on the way (!), a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.
Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, studied Christian Apologetics at Simon Greenleaf University, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.