Reason, Season or Lifetime?

Okay…this came to me via email, in one of those annoying, sappy documents that command you to send it on to a billion friends for good luck. Bah!

Because it came from my best friend, I actually read it instead of sending it immediately to the trash file. I actually liked what it said, so I cleaned up the grammar, tweaked the writing style and posted it here on my blog. Wow. I should be an editor.

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.

When someone is in your life for a reason, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What you must realize is that your need has been met, your desire fulfilled – and their work is done.

Some people come into your life for a season, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable mount of joy. Believe in these relationships, because they are real – but only for a season.

Lifetime relationships teach you lifetime lessons, things that you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. These relationships build your character and establish your moral compass – for a lifetime.

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