I don’t know about you, but I love the change of seasons. It doesn’t matter which one. I love newness and old traditions coming back to life. Of all of the seasons, fall is my absolute favorite.
When I left the Midwest for a while for the southern scenery that rejuvenated my soul, I dearly missed the changing colors of leaves, the natural flow of seasonal change. My childhood memories all circulate around this time of year and the family fun we had together. My homesickness was never as severe as it was during the fall.
But now that I am back, I do not take one day of this season for granted. So as I start my favorite few months, I’m reflecting on the last season and even the one before. I use every new season to reevaluate. I’m not so much of a New-Year’s-Resolution girl as I am an All-Things-New girl. Let me explain the difference.
I used to live for the new year, new goals, new opportunities… but I would become disappointed in myself if I didn’t keep up with what I set out to do. I realized that I was making a good thing (setting goals/having a plan) a very self-centered, bad thing. Instead, I now use each first day of a new season to look back and plan ahead. I look at the things that worked in the past few months and plan to keep those up. I look at the things that left me feeling low and plan to remove those as best as possible.
I’m not perfect. I give myself more grace today than I ever have before. But I am capable of living with intention and deciding what I want my life to be like. The second that goes to the extreme and I’m hyper-monitoring my own every move, I know that I have moved into dangerous ground. You see, God wants to be first in your life and in mine. If we put things in the place He is to hold, even if they are good things, we are still resting in our own strength.
So my autumn goals look like this:
- Know God
- Surrender Thoughts of Self-Doubt
- Love Others
- Be Grateful
- Have Fun