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Life is so hard. When will things get better?


There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
     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.  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
            It’s hard to say.  Ecclesiastes, written by a very wealthy and wise king named Solomon, said that life is seasonal.  What does that mean?  When you look outside, it’s not always winter.  Even Antarctica has seasons.
            Our lives are seasonal—unbearable summers and chilly winters mixed with delightful spring days and cozy fall weather.  The good comes with the bad.  We experience death but we also experience life.  Things fall apart and things come back together.
            If we live thinking life will always be this way, we forget the shifting seasons of life.  We have good days and bad days.  Nothing lasts forever.  
            Like the seasons, sometimes we have to sit back and endure it.  You can’t stop a hurricane.  You have to ride it out.
            But we also control the impact of the seasons by determining where and how we live.  We may need to move to get better seasons and make a change.  We don’t have to sit back and always take it.  Harsh weather requires evacuation.  Run from tornadoes but prepare for blizzards.
            In the same way we should change the way see things--remove ourselves from an abusive situation, make new friends, go to church, read the Bible, get involved, serve others, get a new job, go to school and talk to a seasoned (weathered) person who can help.
            Endure the seasons of life, but also make some positive changes to survive better.