From Season to Season

As a consumer, I thank God for retailers who recognize the importance of timely changes for seasonal merchandise. In fact, in retail it appears that that’s what it’s about: going from one season to the next.

I see it firsthand when visiting a store: items are being put up or taken down, shelves are being adjusted or removed, and activity is always going on preparing for the next season or holiday. New Years, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, July 4th, Mother’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, inventory, Fall, Summer, Valentine’s, and on and on. Some seasons are more demanding than others, but retail is all about seasons.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

This portion of Scripture continues on by declaring there is a time to live and die, to plant and harvest, to build up and break down, to laugh and weep, to get and to lose, to speak and to be silent. Bottom line, there is a season for everything. But I pray this week you will find encouragement in this verse:

Ecclesiastes 3:13“And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.”

I pray in this season, you will take time to step back and see what a blessing you are to customers. I pray you will find enjoyment in the work you do. It is not just another season; it is a time to serve others.

Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

2 Thessalonians 3:13 “But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.”

Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might…”

Dear Lord, I thank You for Your strength, peace, and assurance that You give us, regardless of what season we are in. I pray this week You will remind us that in everything we do, we should be doing it unto You because You deserve our best. I pray we will all have a desire to hear:

Matthew 25:21 “…Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

Recommended reading: Ecclesiastes 3 and Matthew 25

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