Our first day of Fall arrives this week.
For many, Fall is a welcome guest. Bring on the football games and sweater weather, hot cocoa and cider, changing leaves and cozy feels~ all wrapped up in blankets and pumpkin spice.
For others, Fall brings with it loneliness, darkness, isolation and depression. It is an unwanted guest.
Until recently, I never realized how many view the arrival of Fall like a dark storm cloud moving in, covering up all the beautiful sun of lazy summer days and long summer evenings.
And it’s hard.
Our mind is a powerful tool. It can make us believe things can’t or won’t get better. As the days become shorter and shorter it can convince you that you will never climb out of the darkness that lies ahead.
You know what’s more powerful than our mind?
The mind of Christ.(Philippians 2:5-11)
The Holy Spirit within us. (John 14:26)
The power of God. (Ephesians 6:10-11)
Satan knows that we are supposed to shine the light of Christ into the darkness of our world, so he convinces us that there is no light to shine. That life will not and cannot get better.
Don’t give up!
Don’t give in to those thoughts!
This is not truth!
God’s words are truth! (Hebrews 4:12)
And so~ with God’s help, I want to help each of us to renew our minds this Fall.
Fall Bucket Lists seem to be all the rage. Just type those words into Google or the Pinterest search bar and you will find a myriad of ideas. For some the lists are full of fun, Fall activities. For others they are only a reminder of their loneliness.
You are never alone because God is in you and for you. (Isaiah 41:10, Joshua 1:9, Deuteronomy 31:6 & 8, Romans 8:38-39, Zephaniah 3:17, Psalm 23:4, 46:1, 1 Peter 5:7)
With that in mind, I have come up with a Fall Bucket List to help each of us to renew our minds in Christ.
(Romans 12:2) To change our perspective. To grab a hold of that power and to learn to enjoy Fall in all its glory.
And for those of us who love Fall, maybe this list will be a good reminder that the changing seasons aren’t all about us and how many fun activities we can pack in. A gentle reminder that everything we do~whether we eat or drink or watch football games under cozy blankets~ everything is for God’s glory.
(1 Corinthians 10:31)
Perhaps God wants us to notice a little more, notice the ones who aren’t smiling. Notice the lonely. Notice the sad and broken and help make their lives a little brighter. (Galatians 5:13-14)
As the days get shorter and shorter, don’t allow all your fun activities to overshadow and don’t allow the darkness to overcome. Be the light.
You might truly believe you can’t, and that’s ok because you don’t have to. Christ’s power within you will overcome that darkness. (Philippians 4:13, 2 Corinthians 12:9, 2 Timothy 1:7, Luke 1:37)
And with the changing seasons, He can change your heart. With the dark, early evenings~ He can and will be your light~ so that you can be His light.
(Psalm 27:1, 2 Corinthians 10:5)
Turn up the lamp of God’s glory.
Be the light~ His glorious light!
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