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THE RELIGION CORNER: Life Is Like the Seasons

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born… — Ecclesiastes 3:3

Spring comes right after winter. It will come every year at the same time, it doesn’t switch places. It is the opportunity time — take advantage of springtime, you must do something with it. Learn what must be done during the springtime of your life. You must plant in the spring or beg in the fall when it is time to harvest. Plant in the spring, because winter is sure to come again. Life is short — don’t let days and seasons pass without you doing your work on yourself.

Spring is your opportunity to plant new seeds of knowledge in your mind. Have you finally decided what you want to do with the rest of your life? There is a saying, “It’s better to be prepared and not have an opportunity than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” Scripture tells us to “study to show thyself approved.” Here is where you must study, learn your craft and allow yourself to perfect it.

Recently, while watching Tyler Perry on YouTube, I witnessed him recite the entire Psalm 91 without missing a beat! I could not believe how he recited the entire chapter, just as easily as most of us can recite the 23rd Psalm.

During my days of training to become a successful motivational speaker, we would be in the classes learning from Les Brown during the time of my life when I needed it most. My mother had just died and I had started to work closely with Les Brown and the other speakers in training. After the funeral, I came back home to D.C., and grieved for a few months. Then I got back up again, went back to my training classes — the best thing I could have done for myself. To hear the positive messages from Les Brown, Willie Jolley and the other speakers just lifted my grieving spirits. That period of time was my springtime. It gave me a chance to learn something new and different.

He also suggested I memorize one of the poems written by Maya Angelou. His suggestion for me was “the Monday poem,” “Still I Rise.” I have studied that poem, and have learned it, can recite it, but I’ve never been brave enough to throw it in during one of my messages. This message is to me, just as it is to you. I have quotes, scriptures and poetry that as a speaker, they must be memorized. This is my spring season too, as I speak anywhere, anytime the way Tyler Perry did.

During summertime, you must nourish what’s good and defend yourself against what’s bad. The season brings the possibility of threats, and bugs will come to take over your crop if you don’t prevent them. Deal with the weeds and kill them. Do your work. You cannot change the seasons, but you can change yourself. When you do these things, just know that the best is yet to come! When you work hard at your job, you can make a living, but as you become more valuable to the marketplace, your earnings possibilities will increase. Galatians 6:9 reminds us this way: “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

Work hard and develop the skill, develop your graces, work on the right thing. Learn how to handle the winters. Winter comes right after fall, every year for millions of years. Winters are the down times when it all goes wrong, like this pandemic when folks around the world lost jobs, businesses and, even worse, family members and loved ones. Divorces, loss of jobs, eviction from the home you loved — winter. Life is like the seasons.

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrant.com, email lyndiagrantshowdc@gmail.com or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

Lyndia Grant

A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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