“A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep”
Many of us know these words from the Byrds song, “Turn, Turn, Turn.”
You also might know that these very words were taken from a book in the Bible, Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes in a book in the Bible that is in the wisdom genre. Ecclesiastes 3:3-8 gives us the following beautiful poem.
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
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 refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
When I think about time and how there is a time for everything, my mind also comes to the book of Esther. Esther was told by her cousin Mordecai, “Who knows, maybe you were chosen for such a time as this!”
Esther’s story is a whole book of the Bible. In the nine chapters of the book, we hear a dramatic tale of how she becomes queen and then has to decide whether to use her position of power and privilege to help her fellow Jewish community.
Many of us are not born for such heavy tasks. Yet, we were all born to at every time do what is right. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The Time is Always Right to do What is Right.”
What is right might not be dramatic and save millions of people but each of us is given time for a reason and God shares that the reason is to do what is right and just.
This week three of our youth, one young adult and Kipp are up in the panhandle. There are many things our youth could have done the first week of summer break and they each chose to spend their time doing what was right. I have heard from Kipp and I know that doing what is right has not been easy. Doing what is right has involved hours away from their phones, lots of sweat in the hot sun and pushing themselves physically.
Yet, although it is hard it is the right thing. The group was reminded of this yesterday when they asked where the pastor’s house was that was so badly torn apart? The answer was, they were standing in it! The house had to be torn down and in its place, they built the central mission post for the United Methodist Commission on Relief.
I am so proud of our youth and I am challenged by them to continue to do what is right with the time that I have in the places I find myself. This is not always easy but it is God’s call on our lives.
Today, share a smile, send a card in the mail, reach out to a friend who is lonely….today let us do what is right and know that in doing God is glorified!
See you Sunday!