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The Doors of Life

There is a season for everything in life, and a time for every purpose under heaven. This truth, described in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 of the Old Testament, explains that there’s a time to be born, a time to die .... to plant, to uproot, to kill, to heal, to break down, to build up, to weep, to laugh, to mourn, to dance, to love, to hate, and so on. As certain as this mortal life is temporary, the seasons of live change, and the opportunities that we have to do certain things will not always remain. These seasons are different for all of us, just as our lives are all different from one another, and the people and events that comprise our experiences. No two lives are alike, and no two days are ever alike. Every day of our lives, even the ones that may seem just alike, differ by an unknown number of factors. Each day is unique, in the same way that we are all original creations, possessing finger prints that can never resemble another persons.

Doors and windows, like those on a house, are very important to our lives. These windows and doors, possibilities that we can have, open and close. It’s even been said that life itself is a series of opportunities, as well as actions and reactions. This is at least partially true. Unlike doors on buildings, the doors of our lives open for brief periods of time before closing again. Unfortunately, many people often ignore the open opportunities before them for various reasons, such as fear or stubborness. It’s important to understand that we only have short amounts of time to respond to the opportunities that are presented to us. Whether it’s accepting a new job, proposing marriage, pursuing a relationship, buying a certain thing, visiting someone, etc ... There are many things that we have the chance to do for a limited period of time. Tomorrow, or the day after that, may be too late. Once the time is up, and the season is over, we can never again go back again. It’s sealed within the fabric of time.

There are few things more unfortunate than a wasted, purposeless life, and thrown away opportunities. God has set eternity in the hearts of men (Ecclesiastes 3:11), and through life’s temporal seasons, we are destined to reach for the infinite, things that transcend this fallen world. Each of us should be striving for the things that are everlasting, knowing that this life will never satisfy. The temporary things of our world should make us hunger after the eternal. Instead, many people live lives of quiet desperation, never coming to the realization of this true, clinging to the things of this life as through they were all that will ever be. The popular reality series Hoarders demonstrates this to the extreme, showing desperate people collecting so much stuff, often garbage, until they are unable to get around their houses, often destroying relationships with loved ones in the process. Many people, likewise, are soul hoarders, having filled their hearts will so much junk that they’re unable to live with divine purpose.

Perhaps you’re feeling guilty right now for not taking advantage of an opportunity that you once had. Maybe it was years ago, and you’ve never forgiven yourself for not choosing to walk through a door that was opened to you. Regret is a natural human response, and everyone experiences this from time to time, but it can also be harmful if internalized too much. Regardless of what opportunities we failed to realize in the past, or doors we chose not to go through for whatever reason, our consciences can be cleansed from these failures. Whether we were short-sighted, or rebellious, there is forgiveness. It could be that you need to release the feeling of self-guilt to God, and ask Him to set your course straight once again. If we’re spiritually sensitive to His Spirit, we will recognize which doors are the right ones, and can go through them, just as we can avoid the wrong ones. Let us draw closer to the Holy One in order to recognize the windows and doors that He opens for in this life. Just as yesterday is history, and tomorrow is a mystery, all we have is today. Starting with this day, right now, let’s fully appreciate the uniqueness of today, making the most of every opportunity.