I should have worn a sweatshirt while going to a few of my work appointments. The leaves are starting to fall off of the trees. Oh, and I devoured several gorgeous red apples today.
As Autumn infiltrates our lives, life slows down a bit. Days are shorter. And yard work (except cleaning up the leaves!) is less daunting than the summer projects that we all tackle. Our pace changes....and with that....how we view our spiritual lives shifts just a little bit.Autumn is a time of harvest. Farmers are gathering their crops and preparing for the winter. Pumpkins and apples are sold at farmer's markets and picked by little children at local orchards.
"We reap what we sow." Which is a very weighty thought.
Sowing is when we plant things. Reaping is when we harvest what we sowed.
When we sow and "plant"--what are we planting? How do we treat people? Are we lazy in our work/career or do we strive for excellence? How are we in our relationships?When we reap and "receive" what we have planted-----what are we experiencing? Blessings? No blessings? Now, we must be very careful here as it is easy to start grumbling and questioning why "bad things happen to good people". Our decisions have consequences. Consequences here on Earth and eternal consequences. But this blog is not a Heaven or Hell blog post.
However, our decisions put us in a place to be blessed and to bless others. It may be financial. It may be in regards to giving of our time, talents, or some of our possessions. Our decisions are VITAL. They are a step.....towards another step....and another step.
WE ARE ALL ON A JOURNEY. Our decisions are vital in our growth (spiritually and professionally). Wise decisions equal growth. Foolish decisions stunt our growth. Yes, this is common sense. But this ties into REAPING and SOWING. We need to look at the following areas to see where blessings or setbacks are occuring.....
Relationships: What great things are happening in your family? What is holding you back? Maybe there are unhealthy things that have continued to live on in your family. Stand up to them. And speaking of sowing--create some family traditions for your family that bring LIFE, JOY, and when needed....REST. Too often we try to please everyone and this just creates a draining environment.
Evaluate your friendships. Who is "speaking" into your life? And whose lives are you speaking into? I once heard a quote that said "we pour vitamins or poison into others' lives". Are we setting others up for success? And what are others pouring into our lives whom we call friends? Know this. When life gets difficult.....you will see whom is really there for you.
Work: what do you bring to your job? Are you using your abilities in an effective way? Are you planting seeds of excellence or just collecting a paycheck? Imagine this: Would your employer miss you if you resigned? Your work is not limited to your education. God can plant you elsewhere if He needs you there. I've been in the mental health field for close to 4 years now. God can still use me even with no degrees in this field.
Legacy: We will not live forever. Shocker? I know right. (Bucket of sarcasm). What are you building that is meaningful NOW and for the FUTURE?