Well, today is it…the last day of October…which ofcourse makes tomorrow the first day of November! I get excited about November, and not just because my birthday is on day 26. I love the mid-autumn colors, smells, and activities! Autumn is in so many ways, and I’ve said it before, my “New Year”. The changing colors remind me of life. Change can be absolutely beautiful like the red, yellow, and orange leaves. It can breathe fresh fire into your very bones! Change and/or transplanting can also be a death of sorts. All the excitement and adrenaline from the change can quickly fade to a dry, “brown”, crumbling leaf. I have experienced this with actual plants that I’ve transplanted and an actual body-mind-soul that has been “moved”. It is entering into this death that brings many to a dark state of mind; for myself, though, it has become my “uphill” that I’ve come to love…
When I was in high school I ran with the Cross Country team. We had a few different courses that we ran for practice, but the one I dreaded the most was our longest…and it included a terrible “uphill” at the finish. I remember my Sophomore year cringing, whining, and all-out complaining in my head every time I had to run up that thing! Then, I tried something (something that has proven to work in every “uphill” of my life)…I began praying when I got to the hill. Eventually, I not only prayed just to pass the time, I began praying that I would love this hill. God is ever faithful! By my Senior year, as new runners joined and groaned at that hill, I found myself looking forward to it. So when I go running now, it’s the uphill’s that I look forward to. So it is with the seasons – it is the Autumn and Winter that I look forward to. So it is with life – it is the change, the dying, the quiet, the learning under the blanket of His nourishment, the pouring in of Him that I look forward to.
Autumn is also a time when we remember to serve. We receive multiple flyers in the mail asking for help for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We hear the distinct sound of the Salvation Army bell ringing as we enter our market places. We watch the News channels actually take a minute break on crime to mention the “good will” of their communities. I myself find that I get a renewed motivation to serve during this time of year; though, it is something that we are called to do all of our days. There is nothing wrong with a “season of serving”, but it is important to remember that every season has a need. So, I like to see this time of year kind of like a “homecoming” – a time when we come together to remember who we are and why we’re here. It’s a time to renew our passion and refocus our priorities. Now is a really good time to let the “music fade…and simply come…back to the heart of worship.” This is such a month!
During this Autumn month of November, I am embracing a personal challenge To Simply Serve. This season of change, of excitement, of death (to self), of laying bare before Him – this is the season in which I am making a personal commitment to serve every day for 30 days. I have had the amazing privilege to count my gifts this past year, and now I plan to give the gifts. Remember, as our friend Ann says, “a gift never stops being a gift.” So, this month I learn to do that which will impact others…I plan to spread the fingers wide…letting His grace pour onto all.
Will you join me? If you would like to share together the opportunities God gives us to serve others, I invite you to this community To Simply Serve. You can copy the link below to add the button to your post and/or blog; if you do, will you please leave a comment so that this community can encourage one another along the way. I will plan on keeping a daily update via blog to share how I’ve been able to serve this month…please give grace for the days I may miss.
May we decrease so that He may increase.
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. John 13:12-17 NIV
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