Fall is a reminder as the leaves are turning colors and the trees are letting them go, that it is okay for us to let some things go too.
We need to do, so that we can continue to grow in the future. We need to let go of bad habits and attitudes. Destructive thought patterns such as jealousy, bitterness, selfishness, obsessive worry, etc…letting go of these this will free us up to experience a renewal in our attitude and outlook in life.
This is also a time to refocus on the most essential priorities in our lives. Socrates wisely stated that…“The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but building on the new.” A positive way to approach this is to concentrate your time and energy on the the relationships and things that matter most. It is interesting that in the mountains where I like to hike, you can see things so much more clearly when the leaves have fallen off the trees. The view and the horizon is much more defined. The same is true, when we simplify our lives in a healthy way. We can see more clearly and define what is really most important. Max Lucado, describes it this way, “The most powerful life is the most simple life. The most powerful life is the life that knows where it is going, that where the source of strength is; it is a life that stays free of clutter happenstance and hurriedness.”
Our faith is vitally important, regardless of the season. One of my favorite songs is “You Got A Friend” written by Carol King and recorded by James Taylor. It emphasizes the importance of having a friend you can count on, not matter what is going on in your life. You and I will never have a better friend than Jesus. He is like some of the words of that song…
Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall,
All you’ve got to do is call,
and He will be there,
You’ve got a Friend.
Jesus is a friend for all seasons. More than anyone else, He can help us let go of the things we need to let go and help us to continue grow stronger and better in the future.