A young mother tries to teach her children. “You can’t choose when you are going to be good and listen to me. You don’t have that option.” She says. ( I’ve cleaned up the language here, but you get the point.)
She reminds me of the words of F.W. Robertson who said, “It is not by change of circumstances, but by fitting our spirits to the circumstances in which God has placed us, that we can be reconciled to life and duty.”
It is a mistake to think that it is only when the stars align to our liking that we have to behave in a holy and spiritual manner. To do so is to be like a child who thinks he only has to be good when the teacher or parent is watching, and as soon as he/she turns his back you can misbehave. Very few circumstances are within our control. It is best to leave our times and our places, our comings and our goings; in, our wasted and goodly heritage up to God. Wherever and whenever the circumstances, we are called to honor God and our fellow humans. We can’t hide or turn our back from ourselves.