It’s common to be reflective and reminiscent during the holiday season. We may think back on the people in our lives who are no longer with us, or spend time thinking of those that are and the relationships we have with them today. Each memory, and each person, holds its own thoughts, feelings, and reactions. As I think back on those in my life who have made an impact on me, or I on them, I am reminded of these words once shared with me:
People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.
When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed or just felt. They have come to assist you through a hard time, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. Then, suddenly, the person disappears from your life. Your need has been met; their work is done.
Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share or grow or give back. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They give you great joy. Believe it; it is real. But only for a season.
Lifetime relationships teach you lifetime lessons – things you must build upon to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all your other relationships.
Think about the people in your life over the years. Whether they were there for a reason, a season, or a lifetime, accept them and treasure them for however long they were meant to be part of your life.
And when they are gone, be thankful for the gifts you received from them when they were here – for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.
I believe God sends to us the gift of others…for a reason, for a season, or for a lifetime. You may call them friends, call them family, acquaintances, neighbors, or even strangers. They have been placed in our path for a reason: to offer us insight, challenge, growth, love, forgiveness, grace.
As you move toward Christmas, as you spend time with those in your life at this moment in time, remember these words, and For whatever their purpose, whether for a reason, a season, or a lifetime, we are better for the time spent together.