Thinking in seasons

When we’re thinking in seasons, we learn to accept trials, hardships, and difficulties. We learn to accept the season each of us is in. We learn to realize that this season will pass. We learn to hope that a new, and hopefully, better, and more fruitful season will come.
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For the past few weeks, I had been dealing with a deep sense of regret. 

Last week, I shared how I got a new job that allowed my wife to lay low from her career as a financial advisor and focus on taking care of our daughter.

I am truly thankful for my new job every single day.

But when I decided to accept my new job, that was also the time when I started writing a book.

My new day job is rewarding, but it’s not easy. Even when I’m no longer working, I’m still preoccupied with it. Sometimes, I even dream about it when I sleep. I’ll write more about this in a future post, maybe.

But the bottom line is, I spend most of my time, energy, and attention on my new day job that I haven’t been able to work on the book I was writing. I haven’t been able to continue with the drawing course that I was taking. I even missed a week of posting, missed a lot of my daily drawing practice, and published reflections or posts that were written half-heartedly.

That’s why for the past few weeks, there were times when I regretted taking on my new job. (Again, I’m truly grateful for my job. I wish I could emphasize that even further.)

While praying last night, I felt encouraged by today’s reading. Here’s an excerpt:

Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work. — 2 Corinthians 9:7-8

The reading reminded me why I took my new job. Because I felt, at that time, we needed that with my wife’s delicate pregnancy and not being able to work. It was what we needed during that season of our lives. It was God’s way of providing for us during that season, of providing all that we needed.

Right now, I still may be in the season when our family needs our day job more than my dreams’ being fulfilled. The reading helped me to accept that, to work without any regrets, and to be a “cheerful” worker once again.

In this season, maybe I just have to work overtime and sacrifice a few hours of sleep to be able to work on my dreams of writing a book and becoming a full-time blogger.

And maybe my dreams will be fulfilled in a different season.

When we’re thinking in seasons, we learn to accept trials, hardships, and difficulties. We learn to accept the season each of us is in. We learn to realize that this season will pass. We learn to hope that a new, and hopefully, better, and more fruitful season will come.

What season are you in?

Embrace it. Enjoy it. Learn from it. Trust that God gives you everything you need in the season you’re in. And trust that, one day, you will be in a better season.


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