Hanging on when your season is over will diminish your impact. In fact, the longer you wait to move on, the longer your agony will prolong. We have to recognize that some seasons come to an end. But don’t worry, because what feels like an end is when a new season will begin.
Just like the earth moves in specific season, so our lives move in a seasonal rhythm. The secret to success is knowing what season you are in and knowing when that season has come to an end. When you operate in the right season, you’ll be operating at your best. We must understand our time…
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NIV)
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Here are some signs to know your season is ending…
1) You’re Drained More Than You’re Renewed
When you are operating where you should be it will rejuvenate you. That’s not to say that you won’t get tired and drained at times, but if you are always drained by your duties that once fulfilled you, something may be coming to an end. When we are in our sweet spot we give…but it gives back to us filling our tank again and again. Burnout only happens when we are not enjoying what we are doing anymore.
2) You Find Yourself Doing As Little As Possible
If once you were gung-ho about going above and beyond but now you are cutting corners only to get by, it could be time to move on. When we are where we need to be we do more than is expected, but when we are not where we need to be we do as little as we can. If you find yourself unexcited about making what you do the best, but rather just the minimum, something is dying.
3) You Are Always Looking For Escapes
When we are not in the right season we always are looking for ways to escape our responsibilities. We start making excuses and justify reasons why we can’t do what we used to do. Instead of being excited about doing what we once did, we now are always looking for doors to not do it. Escaping only leads to manipulation and excuses…over time you will be found out, so don’t delay your exit.
4) You Are Not Making An Impact
When you once were making a difference in what you did, now it seems to fall short. What once seemed like everything you did was working, now you are constantly feeling like your efforts are flat. When you are in your season there is favor from God to do what He has called you to do. But when your season is over the favor is diminishing. What seemed somewhat easy at times, now is a huge task.
These are just a few signs that your season is coming to and end…or has ended, but you’re prolonging it. My encouragement to you is to not allow yourself to continue on when God is calling you to something new and fresh. Don’t be afraid to step out even if you don’t know what will be yet…that is what faith is all about. Your new season will be much more fruitful than what you’ve ever known, so don’t stay too long where you don’t need to be.
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