Seasons in Our Life
by Adele Lund
In this season of life, are you intended to be a catalyst, connector, encourager, maverick or an inspiration?
I had the pleasure of joining a women’s discussion group from my church recently. They graciously invited me to lead a conversation on life. Yup, we tackled life. As you can imagine we traveled a meandering path.
At one point a member of the group made a statement that gave me pause. I suspect you all have had that happen. Someone says something in the midst of a lively discussion that causes your mind to go silent for a moment and you hear those few words echo something meaningful.
What is this season about?
That’s the phrase that resonated with me. Just like the weather, our lives have seasons. Of course, we don’t think in those terms when young because, after all, we’re busy living.
But then we hit those later years and reflection becomes a common occurrence. And why not, when you consider we have a longer path behind us than we likely do ahead. It’s about this time that we can begin to wonder, what is my purpose for being here? …What is this season of my life about?
One of our ladies said, “she believes this season for her is about three things: being a catalyst, connector and encourager.”
She explained as a catalyst she finds herself starting new things and then passing them on to someone else to carry forward. As a connector she uses the many people she’s met over the years and the experience she’s gained to connect people and things for specific endeavors.
And as an encourager, which she declared is her favorite part of this season, she finds people are divinely placed on her path, giving her the opportunity to reinforce who they are, what they’re doing, and encourages them to continue on. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that person? Better yet, why not replicate that approach? Why not put forth the effort to explore your greater purpose and decide you too are going to be living large in your season.
What are you intended to be in this season?
Your words may not be a catalyst, connector or encourager, but maybe you’re intended to be a maverick, or an inspiration. Maybe your compassion quotient is large enough to fill other’s cups when they’re leaning toward empty.
Each of us has gifts that sometimes haven’t matured until we reach our later years. It may have taken a lifetime to hone them with a lot of practice sessions along the way. Maybe it took many seasons to gain the confidence to be who God intended you to be. It’s possible you’ve been aware of your purpose but needed to grow the courage, maybe the strength in faith to act on it.
Psalm 57:2 “I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills His purpose for me.”
God has numbered your days and will fulfill every purpose He has for you.WLI