As I sip my pumpkin spice latte, I’m reminded of the familiarity of September’s crispness in the air- its changing leaves, football games, favorite pairs of jeans, bustling college campuses, and all else that represents this cool and colorful season.
A powerful shift occurs with the change of seasons, and it can be an opportunity for a shift within the soul as well. What is the neglected area of your life that needs a shift, a little more attention, and more of your love? Is it time with your kids, time for yourself, more nights out with your spouse? Standing up to the self-critical chatter in your mind’s dialogue with itself? A faith retreat or service opportunity? Or maybe just a little more rest. One of my favorite scriptures, Ecclesiastes 3, says that there’s a season for everything under heaven- a time to mourn, to dance, to weep, to laugh, to embrace, to turn away, to keep, to throw away, to speak, and to be quiet. At my grandma’s funeral and one month after my son Caleb’s birth, I read this scripture aloud: a time to be born, and a time to die.
What kind of shift will this season represent for you? What does your heart and soul most long for right now? What do you commemorate and celebrate about fall, and what do you mourn? Allow this time to be what it needs to be for you. There is a season for every activity under heaven.