context.is.everything

Over at my tech blog, a good discussion is happening about technology in small churches. The crux of the discussion is “context” – everything has a context – the circumstances in which it lives. Sometimes we ignore the context of our actions, and sometimes we’re lucky that crazy happens because of our oversight. But, sometimes, big bad consequences ensue.

Sometimes we see context as “place” and “attitudes” and “situation” – but context is also related to time. At one point in time, everything could be just right and a choice blossoms with blessing. At another time, given the same set of circumstances, that same choice could flop big time.

1 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.

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

Pray for discernment as you walk the journey and make the choices you make.

16 thoughts on “context.is.everything”

  1. I think that’s why it’s all about knowing God and relationship with Him. He tells you to go one place and do one thing in one situation, but that may not be the right course for the next time. Have to listen and obey and let Him provide the context. Good stuff, Herb. Thanks.

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