The summer of 2019 will go down in my journal as a whirlwind. I’m finally realizing that no matter how hard we dig our heels in, time flies by. Once we put that in perspective, how we move onward can be bittersweet.
Just as seasons change, so do the seasons of our life. A lesson that I’ve learned as a seasoned runner and as a seasoned woman, is that forward motion is the key. It is my mantra in life. That too can be bittersweet. Learning to know when a season is over , whether in a relationship, job or any of the various hats we wear, can be a painful process.
This morning’s blog may be a little more personal than most. I’m sharing for a couple of reasons. First, expressing my thoughts through writing is helpful for me. It allows me to purge my emotions and work through what I am wrestling with. I’m able to gain better perspective of situations and allow healing to begin if needed. Second, I’m hopeful that when I share my thoughts and insights, that it might be helpful to someone else. Even if we disagree on many things, my hope is that these personal thoughts are a positive and spark something useful.
As a woman of Christian faith, I trust my life in who I believe is the creator of all . It’s taken me many years to understand in this faith, that I am not under a legalistic law, that I must abide. But, I am covered by grace and love. In being given that unconditional grace and love, it is my desire and longing to live in a way that pleases the one who gives that to me.
As I have grown in years and grown in faith, I also long to give that grace and love to others. Sometimes it’s hard to feel that forward motion thing. All of us have people in our lives that are easier to give that gift of grace to than others. When we are climbing a steep hill, it may seem impossible, but my strength is not my own. Forward motion.
The difficulty for me comes from understanding that in my striving to do the right thing, that doesn’t mean I’m suppose to be passive and accept situations that are not healthy. As the saying goes, the only person that I can change is me. I don’t believe that we are suppose to be sucked down by the muck of someone else’s insecurities. Sometimes all we can do is keep that forward motion going, one baby step at a time. True confession time for me, there have been some backward steps along the way .
As I embrace the changing seasons of my life, I’m so thankful for the amazing people that have been put in my path. People that live with purpose and do it filled with grace and love. I’m also thankful for each new day that God gives us. This is a new day, with a clean slate. A new season is upon us.
For me that is accepting that my children are grown and my role as a parent has a refined definition. There are new and exciting chapters to explore. I may be older today than I was yesterday, but I’m younger than I will be tomorrow. Each day truly is a gift and I will embrace it while moving in forward motion. Yes, our season’s in life constantly shift and change, but as with any good seasoning it only adds richness and hopefully a pleasing aroma. Embrace your new season and reflect on the past when needed but keep moving in forward motion as you finish the race.
Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.