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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saturday Sermonette--To Everything a Season (Part 10)


To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.
A time to keep, and a time to throw away. (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 6b, NKJV)

Hm. What is there about this passage that reminds me of a yard sale?

I wonder sometimes what Solomon was trying to tell us, and this is one of those times. I don't have a clue what he would throw away or keep. He was one of the richest men who ever lived, so he wouldn't throw away much. He did give lavish gifts occasionally--to his wives and concubines and to friends--but I don't think he referred to throwing those things away.

There are times when things wear out, get chipped or dented beyond use, lose their shape, get holes in them, rot. Those things we do throw away.

We keep--friends, family, treasured memories, keepsakes, lessons learned, the Lord. Never throw those away.

What would you like to keep? Throw away? Keep the precious and practical. Throw away the rusty and dusty. Lord, please grant us the wisdom to know the difference.