We may not exactly experience four different seasons in the Philippines but we kinda have four seasons, in my opinion. There’s the normal hot weather experienced by tropical countries like the Philippines, then there’s the really hot and dry weather that makes us flock to the malls, there’s the rainy season that is so fickle and then you have the typhoon season where it’s a streak of typhoons that hits the Philippines one after the other.
I’m not gonna talk about the current weather conditions in the Philippines. What I want to share is the different seasons that we go through in life. The most obvious seasons that we go through in our personal lives are when we transition from childhood to adolescence to adulthood. As we move from grade school to high school, from high school to college, from graduating college to pursuing a career in the workforce, we can easily identify the new seasons in our lives. Even from being single to courtship to getting engaged and eventually getting married are different seasons in a romantic relationship between a man and a woman that one appreciates.
It seems to me that we tend to apply seasons only to those things that we can identify in stages or in progression. But I believe there are seasons to every aspect of our lives even in the most mundane of things.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”
Let me try to put things into perspective by putting this into context. We’re called to make disciples, a command given by Christ. I enjoy conducting victory groups and meeting up with people just like many of you who are involved in discipleship. There are times when we lose track because there are so many people we are discipling and meeting with for followups and then there are times when we catch ourselves all alone at a coffee shop. I believe understanding the different seasons in discipleship is key so that you don’t end up burning out or falling into a religious mindset of discipleship. Even if you’re the most passionate person when it comes to discipleship yet lack an understanding of the seasons, somewhere down the road you may lose the gospel underneath all the routines of discipleship. There’s a lot I could talk about when it comes to seasons and people in the context of discipleship but my point is that it’s important for us to be aware and understand the seasons.
Discipleship is an example but there are seasons to other aspects of our lives whether that be in our relationships, family, our finances, careers, student life, our spiritual lives. Know what season you’re in and be sensitive to the next move of God in your life as you continue to trust Him and depend on His Spirit.