I have walked through many seasons in 31 years of life. Seasons of great accomplishment, seasons of great difficulty, seasons of struggle, seasons of loneliness, seasons of anxiety, seasons of frustration, seasons of searching, seasons of questioning, seasons of rebellion, seasons of exploring, and seasons of great joy. Seasons in life come, and seasons in life go. Some seasons are short, others, endure seemingly far too long. What I have learned over the years though, is that each season we walk through in our life, is preparation for the upcoming season. Each season we experience within this life, offers us valuable lessons in order for us to continue to grow, mature, and become the individuals God created us to become. Seasons are opportunities for us to learn, apply, teach, and expand as human beings.
One of the greatest seasons of my life occurred in my early and mid 20’s. I had graduated from college and was living in Sioux Falls, SD at the time. Through God’s working, I had the opportunity to move into a small, one bedroom house in a lower-income part of the city. Again, through God’s working, He began to open my eyes, ears, and heart to the hurting youth of my community. Many of the children in my neighborhood were Native Americans. I began to learn a great deal about the Native American poverty, plight, and generational struggles during this season of my life. God began opening doors like crazy for myself and others in my church family at the time, to begin reaching out to kids not only in my specific neighborhood, but kids throughout the city of Sioux Falls as well. But this was just the beginning. Doors began opening for us to serve youth in JDC’s and drug rehab facilities. Then, the greatest door for me personally opened. God opened the door for a trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South-West South Dakota, one of the poorest places in the United States. Through the service opportunities in Sioux Falls and Pine Ridge, my heart began to change. God began a work in and on my heart towards youth. I could not get past the fact that my childhood was so good, but in comparison, so many children experience a childhood that should never have to be experienced. I had it so good, but so many have it so bad. My heart began to yearn to help. My heart began to fill with love and compassion toward the hurting youth I was encountering and serving. A fire began to be kindled deep within my soul. God was awakening me to my purpose for existence. A purpose that was not about me, but about the next generation. Throughout this powerful season in my early and mid 20’s, I learned a lot. Many invaluable life lessons. I learned so much about myself. I learned so much about others, specifically children, even more specific, the Lakota children of South Dakota. The greatest lesson of all from this season, was the lesson of what this life is all about. God has taught me that this life isn’t about me. This life isn’t about me getting mine. This life isn’t for my glory, fame, or recognition. But, this life is first of all, about Jesus. The Son of God. Secondly, this life is about serving others. When we realize the great power in serving others, the great joy in serving others, and the great impact we can make within this world through serving others, then we realize why we are alive. Through the service to others, we become alive. We step into the purpose for our existence. We step into the reason for our being. Jesus Himself did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. We were created in the image of God, we were created to serve one another. God is good. Be open to what God wants to teach you in this season and in the seasons to come. Be open to humility. Be open to the uncomfortable. Be open to the new. Be open to being transformed, changed, and becoming a different person. God loves you. God is interested in you. God has a plan for your life. BUT, YOU have to be willing to submit to His plan. Open your eyes, open your ears, open your heart. God is working, God is moving, God is always willing, God never fails.