Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. – Albert Camus
Fall is my favorite season. There’s a crispness in the air that seems to kiss your face in the morning. Leaves explode into vibrant colors of red, amber, pink and orange that could rival a sunset. Even the sun seems to turn to a shade of gold tinged with long shadows. Nature’s last hurrah before it gives way to winter and sleeps.
Makes me want to get a pumpkin spiced latte, break out the apple-cinnamon candles, wrap up in a blanket in front of a fire and immerse myself in a good book. That’s the life.
What I find remarkable is that seasons are simultaneous endings and beginnings; the old replaced by new; of death and rebirth; of transformational do-overs. I like to think God created seasons not just for our viewing pleasure, but to remind us that our lives are seasons, too. Always changing, always transforming, always a do-over.
We, at any time, can look out over our past and see the indelible signs of our seasons, our endings and beginnings, our olds and news, our deaths and rebirths, our do-overs.
Some of our seasons may be long, cold and difficult, lasting for what feels like a never-ending winter. Others are like refreshing summer rains on hot days. Some may be glorious and exciting like autumn, or gentle and subtle like spring.
What season are you in? A long, cold winter or in the blossom of a new spring? Whatever your season, don’t let it go by without taking stock of your circumstance, without understanding why you’re in this particular season because seasons aren’t just about change, they are about purpose and opportunities.
We have a purpose. We were created for a purpose. It’s up to us to discover that purpose and live it. Life doesn’t revolve around coincidences, fate or destiny. It’s not as random or haphazard as all that. No! It’s by design. We don’t have to be hapless by products of our circumstances. We have more effect over our lives than we give ourselves credit.
Okay, yes, things can and do happen that are beyond our control. And other people’s involvement can have an effect on us and our situation. But we have our part too. Instead of being tossed around like a leaf in the wind, we can influence change and produce an outcome that we desire. We control us, our actions, our thoughts, our direction.
Consider the season you’re in right now. What’s going on? What’s really at issue? Who are the players and what is their involvement in your season? What is your part? Why do you think (or know) this particular season is happening?
Are you living the same season over and over again, like Ground Hog Day, doomfully repeating the past while Sonny and Cher belt out I Got You Babe in the background? Then decide to do something different. Take action on your behalf – with purpose. Nothing will ever be different or have a different outcome unless you act; unless you prune, so to speak, the areas in your life that are hanging you up.
And life is about opportunities, do-overs, starts and restarts, back ups, one-eighties and plot twists. Take advantage of every opportunity that comes to you. Decide you want a different outcome by starting with a different beginning. Decide to have a different perspective. Decide to do things better for yourself (and your family). Have a better attitude. Be for yourself. Learn, grow, explore, discover, flourish. Do a one-eighty and go in a new direction.
Be purposeful. Live on purpose. Act with purpose. Be on purpose.
There is nothing more discouraging or soul-sucking than thinking you don’t have purpose and acting like you don’t have purpose. See your purpose in everything you do. See your value in this world. See your part, and take action.
My hope is that you are in a glorious, exciting season, one full of promise and new beginnings. One that you will embrace with purpose.
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
He has made everything beautiful in His time. Ecclesiastes 3:11