I was thrilled to see the first official day of spring arrive! For me, the arrival of each new season is a special time, full of the potential for growth, the opportunity to sow or the ability to harvest (not to mention the arrival of my allergies). When I read this quote from Hal Borland, I thought it was just perfect for today’s newsletter. “Each new season grows from the leftovers from the past. That is the essence of change, and change is the basic law.” How do you view the arrival of a new season? Not just in weather, but new seasons in your life as well?
Many of us go about life acting as though we expect it to always be spring or summer time. Then, when we are inevitably faced with the fall or winter seasons we are unprepared and feel betrayed and confused by the change. Few of us would go through the winter months wearing our summer clothes, or vice versa. But, many of us do just that when it comes to the different seasons of our lives. We expect what worked for one season will work for every season. Please reflect on the following words, taken from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, in The Bible:
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—
A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.
Are there aspects of your life that are out of season and need to be lovingly put to rest? Maybe you have several sizes of clothes in your closet that you can no longer wear. Instead of serving as a motivation for you to get back into them, they are acting as negative reminders of a goal you have yet to achieve. Perhaps you are holding onto a job or a relationship that were “just right” for you at one point in your life. But now that the season has changed, it is stifling your growth and your ability to reap the bounty that The Creator has in store for you. Maybe you are holding onto physical reminders of the past that hold significant emotion for you. Are these mementoes manifesting as clutter in your home, car or office? If any of these scenarios ring true for you, I challenge you to do some Spring Cleaning in your life, not just your physical environment this season.
Are you stuck in the time to weep, when now it’s the time to laugh?
Are you clinging to the time to build up, when now it’s the time to tear down?
Push past your blockages, and step into the new season of your life. Spring is a time for new beginnings; let’s get started! If you want help with this, please contact me.Share