Happy first day of fall, everyone!
The day we’ve been waiting for is finally here – the official beginning of crisp air, chunky sweaters, hot chocolate, boots, colorful leaves, and hayrides. Oh, and don’t forget cinnamon and pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING. Bring on alll the coffee, please!
But when you think about it, seasons mean change. Differences. Contrasts. Summer is hot, while winter is cold. Spring brings flowers, autumn brings drying leaves. But each season is beautiful in its own way, and everyone has their own favorite season of the year for this very reason.
And in reality, everyone goes through seasons in their own lives. I have realized and learned this more throughout this past year. This should lead us to stop comparing ourselves to other people – not everyone is living in the same season. We’re all on life’s journey at different paces and different levels, no matter our age or background.
Despite all this, I will admit that I still find myself in comparison to others. For instance, I love playing the piano and we have a piano recital once a year each spring. Performing in front of a crowd isn’t my favorite thing to do; I get nervous just as much as the next person, but I do it to (hopefully) help myself improve in this area. But this is when it becomes so easy to compare myself to the 16-year-old who has excelled to a much higher level than I have. I think to myself, “I’m four years older. Why can’t I be that good?” Or, “Why don’t you work harder?”
As humans, we are so much harder on ourselves than we deserve, and it only serves to tear us down rather than build us up. Instead of focusing on what we do wrong and how we are so different from this or that person, we must remember that we all go through different phases. We all have different gifts (Romans 12), and we don’t have to know everything, even all at once. Be content to learn as you go, no matter how successful you are, or how far you’ve come! Not every moment will be our best moment, because we need room to grow. So let us embrace and enjoy each season of our lives, so that we can have the ability to look back and realize how much we’ve learned and matured.
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break 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 cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”