God designed our lives to go through seasons, as Eccl 3:1 say (read up to verse 8). Life in God does not mean smooth sailing, or ‘happy go lucky’ day by day. It goes through seasons; summer (harvesting time), autumn (shutting or winding up time), winter (dormant time) and spring (renewal or blooming time)!
We all go through challenges or winter season
We all go through challenges or winter season. In winter, trees shade leaves. Some tree actually look dark brownish dead for up to 3 months. But if you try to break it, you will find that it’s alive! A bit of study will show you that there are vital processes happening to trees in wither. The growth and development will not be happening outside but inside. The tree strengthens its fibres in winter!
A lot of Advancement happens in winter season
You might be in your winter season! Ask God what to do in your winter season. Do not just do nothing, or quit! There are activities and critical processes beneficial to you that happen ONLY in winter time. DO NOT MISS them! When summer comes you will be way ahead. Things like pride, lust, insecurity, etc will not be able to touch you. They are dealt with mostly in winters.
Gracious dispositions and habits like toughness, patience, faith, true joy, humility, mental stamina etc are developed in winter, and not in summer. However I have seen many people lose it and quit in winter! As a result they miss the qualities necessary to take them to the top. They end up living a mediocre or substandard life. Leverage your winter in order to rise to your maximum potential.
Do not fear you winter
As for you, ‘although you walk through the valley of the shadow of death,’ know that your Father is the BIGGEST THING in the valley! Do not fear, He is with you all the way! Just rest in Him! He has already secured you future, remember!
Different areas of our lives experiences cycles of seasons in different times. For examples there is a financial season, social season, relationship season, career/work season, spiritual season, etc. Your approach in summer is different in autumn, or winter, or spring. These seasons also last different periods. At times it’s just a month or 6 months. Sometimes it’s actually years.
Know that going through ALL seasons is vital for your progress. If you do things in the wrong season, you can hurt yourself! Beware of this!
What do you do in winter time?
· Seek God for direction constantly. To know what to do, when to do it, how to do it, and with who.
· Seek support from others. Friends, family and your whole social support system!!
· Leave a clean life. Unconfessed sin puts you on the same side with the devil, that is, against God.
· Stop complaining, it does not ‘fast forward’ time. Instead start planning for the next season instead.
· Do not compare yourself with others. They are in different seasons.
· Lastly; BE PATIENT. It’s just a season. It will pass.
Embrace your winter season. And we hope to see you progressed into summer!
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