A Time to Be Brief
In Ecclesiastes Chapter 3, the Teacher (see Ecc. 1:1, NIV) tells us “there is a time for everything.” This issue of JRCE represents the culmination of 25 years of scholarly contribution to the Christian education community. I had originally imagined writing a wise, wide-ranging editorial to celebrate this milestone. I should have talked to God about those plans first.
Because of my continued struggle with chronic migraine and other types of headaches, I found the deadline for this issue rapidly approaching – then passing – without having completed the necessary groundwork for the type of editorial I had in mind. It was then that God reminded me of the Teacher’s warning in Ecclesiastes; everything we achieve through our own efforts is meaningless. I was in the middle of an Ecclesiastes 3 moment. With my manuscript deadline four weeks behind me, it became obvious that I was living in “a time to be brief” not “a time to be eloquent.”
At first I was very disappointed that I hadn’t been able to even come close to my writing goal for this editorial. Then I realized: a single Spirit-filled word I write can accomplish more than 10,000 I write in isolation from the Divine."
Journal of Research on Christian Education
Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
Burton, Larry D., "A Time to Be Brief" (2016). Faculty Publications. 650.