I love fall! The colorful leaves, the crisp, cool air, the combines harvesting in the fields, campfires, wiener roasts, apples, pumpkins, warm days and cool nights. Everything about it!
The change in seasons reminds me of how we go through various stages of life as we venture from adolescence to adulthood. Within each stage, lies the opportunity to deepen our relationship with God, or deplete it. Our spring, yields new life, growth, youthfulness, and vigor, when we feel we can take on the world and accomplish anything. We have a God-given zest for life when we are young that often determines which path our lives will take.
Then there’s summer, when we face the harsh realities of life–the struggle to make ends meet–but also taste of its rich blessings. Meeting the love of our lives, starting and raising a family, making career choices, and putting down roots. Here we see either our faith thrive or shrivel as we seek to balance the cares of living.
Summer soon turns to fall, with thoughts of the empty nest and adjusting to life without children in the household, the joy of grandchildren, and saving for retirement. It’s in this stage, we begin to taste the urgency of life and living each day to the fullest for Christ.
Lastly, comes the winter of our lives, when things that once seemed oh, so important have faded, and the true treasures of life come to surface. When we let go of self-consciousness, pride, and ambition, and replace it with either joy or bitterness.
As my summer of life fades and my fall begins, I have to ask myself, what have I accomplished? And what have I yet to accomplish? Time is precious, and we must make the most of it. Life flitters by so fast. So often we get caught up in the bustle and forget what really counts. Whatever our aspirations in life, remember–only what’s done for Christ will last.
Whichever stage of life you’re in, I urge you to live intentionally, making the most of every opportunity for Christ. “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21) What do you hold most dear as you journey through life? Which stage has been the most challenging?