During this time of year we often hear, "Jesus is the reason for the season." It not only has a nice ring to it, it is true. Regardless of what time of year Jesus was born and no matter that some want to tell us that this holiday comes with some pagan history, in our day people reflect on the birth of a baby born in Bethlehem. In countries around the world where the Christian population is minimal, Christmas is known for the story of a baby born to a virgin, celebrated and worshipped by shepherds and kings.
As I was reflecting on this, the thought came to me that there is a "reason for every season of our lives." It doesn't matter if you are in the season of your youth or in the season of reaching the finish line. I am certain that each person has a reason for being in this season. It is in discovering our reason for being that we find true meaning in life. I discovered my reason for being when I was 17 years old and Jesus radically changed my life and gave me my reason for being. Over the past 52 years, I have gone through many seasons and my reason for being has found various outlets for expression. But one thing has remained constant. I have a reason for being.
The season Shirley and I are now in is tied to the people in the tiny country of Rwanda. Who would have ever guessed that at the ages of 69 and 65 the two of us would be traveling across an African country preaching crusades, training pastors, conducting children's crusades and building churches and schools? The past five years have been absolutely amazing but since we are still breathing, we believe God still has a reason for our lives beyond "enjoying" retirement.
We want to thank everyone who has been and is still a part of helping us in this season. And we want to encourage all who read this to realize that God has a reason for your being in this season of your life.
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