Life is a daily opportunity to turn over a new leaf. As long as God gives us breath, we wake in the morning with the freedom to change an attitude, a habit, a goal, a behavior, a relationship, a lifestyle, a hope, a desire. These are things we can change whether we live in a castle or in a prison cell. These are ours to control. No one can keep us from making these changes in ourselves. We can start fresh with every new day.
Today, the first day of Autumn, is a new day, ushering in a new season. We think of fall as the time of year the leaves begin to change colors, and eventually fall to the ground. It is a time of change and a time of death as well.
As people with free wills, Autumn can also be our time to make a change, and put away (put to death, kill) any characteristic of ourselves that we know is causing us or others harm. Here are four reviews we can make today.
- Is there a habit I need to end? The more habits we develop that are beneficial to us and others, the more likely we are to crowd out our need for habits that harm. Habits may be the way we handle anger, the way we take care of our bodies, the choices we make for pleasure, or the way we do our work. Every person forms many habits. We can choose what those habits will be.
- Is there a relationship I need to restore? The power of unconditional love can change any relationship. How we relate to or treat another person makes all the difference in how the relationship thrives. How we forgive or ask forgiveness gives relationships another chance. We do not need to wait for the other person to change. It is our choice to love unconditionally, forgive, and seek forgiveness.
- Is there a move I need to make? We sometimes trap ourselves in situations, too frustrated to do anything, or we convince ourselves this is all there is. We know we are being harmed, either spiritually, emotionally or physically. Or we are harming others spiritually, emotionally, or physically. In reality, if we take the first step out of the situation we might be surprised at how much it restores us or the people around us.
- Is there a goal I need to set? Life has a destination. It is as sure as the sun coming up in the morning. Life without a goal is a life without satisfaction. In fact, the Bible says that people without a plan perish. If our lives are not satisfying, we are the only ones who can change that. What better time than now, the first day of autumn. Put to death the negative, and give life to the positive. This is our choice this very day.
Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24 (ESV)