We need both to find a balance, August 18, 2015 Daily Reflection

Path in the woods

Path in the woods

In our lives we walk among the shadows as well as the guiding lights. It’s almost like a tightrope that we balance upon, not too much darkness, and not too much light. We have been influenced by our culture to always be happy in the light, however, that expectation is unrealistic. There are shadows cast from the towering protective trees of our lives. It would be more beneficial if we were taught that there should be expectations of the happiness or our lives as well as the impending sadness. If we were to live in one extreme or the other we would be considered ill. No one can be happy 100% of the time, just as no one should be depressed 100% of the time. There is a time for everything. It says it in the Bible,

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:

There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens,

A time to give birth, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant. 

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build,

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance,

A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them; a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces, 

A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. 

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to be silent, and a time to speak, 

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”

I pray that in our lives we can recognize that all these times have meaning. Today, consider the time you are in at the moment and try to find the meaning in it and attempt to learn from your experience. God has many facets of life to share with each one of us, be open to the path as you wander among the shadows, following his guiding light.

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