With Love, Laura Beth

Words from my heart

Ecclesiastes Living

clockDear Laura Beth,

I haven’t heard from you in months. I think it’s been a year—one whole year! Why haven’t you written? Someone told me you started working full time again. And you quit school, right? I’m really sorry to hear that. You were doing great in your classes, and I know how much you loved being with the other students. You couldn’t get through a day without telling someone about what you had learned or experienced at school. Even though you struggled to write those research papers, you did good work. Hey, do you remember that first-ever APA paper you wrote for SOC 350? You thought you were going to DIE! But you got through it and actually aced that twelve-page monster! Well done, LB.

I’m still curious, though. Why exactly did you stop writing? Not a single word for yourself or others. Your long silence concerns me. People have missed your stories—Lori asked about your blog just the other day!

Listen, I understand full time work requires high energy. At the end of the day, you just want to go home and relax. But take an honest look at how you’re relaxing. Facebook, MSN, and Pinterest? They’re stealing your precious time and energy. You know as well as I do that they’re masters at sucking life out of people.

It’s been a year—one long year—and it’s time. Seriously, it is time.

It is time to make changes.

It is time to live again.

It is time to write again.

Laura Beth, please consider how you’ll spend your time in 2017, and as you do, I implore you to embrace the words and wisdom of Ecclesiastes—I call it Ecclesiastes living. There’s a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven, so pray for the wisdom to know when to be active and when to be still. Pray for the wisdom to know when to speak and when to be silent. Pray for the wisdom to know when to begin and end seasons.

You know I’m telling you these things because I love you and want the best for you—the very best! I can hear your mom now . . . “is it good, better, or best?” What are good choices? What are better choices? What are the best choices?

The best choice you can make for 2017 is to LIVE. You may not have died writing that APA paper, but you have been dying a slow death on your couch for the past twelve months. To quote Rachel Wolchin, “don’t die before you’re dead.” LB, it is time to end your season of dying.

Please make choices that add meaning and purpose and joy to your life. Please pray for wisdom. Please . . . I miss you.

With love, Your heart

 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Eccl. 3:1, NIV

8 comments on “Ecclesiastes Living

  1. Laura Beth
    January 15, 2017

    Thank you, Janna. You inspired me with your “End of the Year thoughts” blog post. You are a beautiful example of what it looks like to LIVE . . . thank you! ❤ And I now want to watch Fiddler on the Roof again 🙂

  2. Laura Beth
    January 15, 2017

    I love you, too, brother. I’m eager to hear more about your new endeavors. Your sentence, “I am willing to go” really stands out to me–a willing heart is where redefining begins. Thank you for your thoughtful reply. I hope we can get together soon ❤

  3. cabinart
    January 15, 2017

    LB, you have one wise wise heart. Beautifully written, or as Tevye said in Fiddler on the Roof, “well put”!

  4. Wayne Wiebe
    January 15, 2017

    I am always touched by your insights to life. Right now I am venturing out into new endeavors that are redefining who I am. I don’t know where the Lord is taking me in all of it, but I am willing to go. Thanks for sharing yourself with others. I love you sis.

  5. Laura Beth
    January 14, 2017

    Cheri, what a nice surprise to hear from you. Thank you for your thoughts! Someday we MUST see each other again ❤

  6. Laura Beth
    January 14, 2017

    Thank you for your comment, Bonnie! So glad we’re in this life together and can encourage each other ❤

  7. Cheri
    January 14, 2017

    Love this and the way it was written…to all of us! Time to realize what is important and what is not.

  8. Bonnie Phillips
    January 14, 2017

    Yes, the time is now; for all of us….Let’s change some ways in 2017.

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