Valdosta Daily Times

January 5, 2014

Returning to work


The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — To quote Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there is a season, a time to every purpose under the heavens.”

With a season of celebration behind us, it is time to return to work. For there is much to be done.

Today marks the end of the holidays for many people. Most adults are returning to their jobs. Schools open this week and students will be returning to classes in the coming days.

We have rung in a new year. Now it is time to make this year work. Or more appropriately, it is time we get to work to make this year better.

As many people have learned during the past several years, there are no guarantees. People have lost jobs and homes, seen their wages stagnate and work hours curtailed. The economic situation has improved in more recent times, but nothing is guaranteed. Nothing should be taken for granted.

So, we must work. We must toil. We must educate ourselves. We must be ready to adapt. We must relearn the forgotten magic of striving.

We must strive. Strive to do more with less, strive to learn from our mistakes, strive to better understand the world at home and abroad.

For everything there is a season. Now, is the season to work and strive. We must prepare our fields for the worst and we must prepare them for the possibility of blessings as well.