Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”

For many of us, we’re in a season of thanksgiving and celebration. We’re looking back on 2016 with thankfulness for all the blessings God has provided. We can all find something to be thankful for. And most of us can find hundreds of things to thank God for, if we take the time to do so.

For others, this season is a time of sadness. We’re dealing with the loss of a loved one. We’re lonely and without the company of close friends and family. Christmas isn’t filled with happy memories but grievous reminders of the past.

Wherever we find ourselves, we stand in the passing of time. Whether we’re rich or poor, happy or sad, all of us need to ground ourselves in God’s unchanging truth.

If you are down-trodden this season, know that this time will pass. Don’t let your current circumstances dictate your state of mind. “Put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption” (Psalm 130:7).

To those who are blessed and happy this season, God says they should not “put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17).

In every season, don’t be distracted by the circumstances, whether good or bad. All of us alike need to do one thing: Put our hope in the Lord.

But there’s one more thing. If you are blessed and happy, don’t forget those that aren’t. Ask the Lord whom He would have you to help. Is it someone close to you? Is it someone around the world? Maybe you are God’s answer to the prayers that someone has been praying. What is He telling you to do?