Isn’t it fun to peruse old journals and find nice surprises? I recently found something I’d written (and long forgotten) years ago – before my blogging days began. My mood seemed a little sad as I wrote of things I could no longer accomplish – a time for reflection and a turning of the page, so to speak. Wow! I was still healthy then and really could do most everything. As we southerners say, I didn’t know nothing yet!
At that time, I was just entering the season of empty nesting, along with my fall season of life – not to mention being in the throws of full-on mental pause. I wrote of things I always said I wanted to do and had not done. Over time I’ve learned that as we become deeply entrenched in our fall years, we are forced to stare at reality and say,
“What now, Lord?”
There’s no need to live in regret. As long as we have today, we need not dwell on things we can no longer do. We each have limitations, and some more than others. But, there are many things we can do, no matter our limiting factors. Our God is not a God of limits, and He Himself is without limit. The Lord calls us to new areas of ministry at every age and stage of life. Let’s focus on finishing well.
Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. (Ephesians 5:17)
Do you feel you have no purpose? Think again!
When kids fly from the nest, our front-line ministry seems to disappear. In the Autumn season of life, we have many opportunities ahead. Don’t “fall” (shameless pun) for the mindset that you no longer have a ministry area. You are not done! Until our final breath, we are not done.
The acronym I wrote for Fall season of life:
F – Find new ways to serve the Lord.
A – Ask for God’s direction and answer His call with a yes.
L – Love others.
L – Let God speak through you.
Next, I had penned new meaning for our Autumn season of life.
A – Allow God to change your insides as your outsides are changing.
U – Up early for time with the Lord each morning.
T – Trust God to show you new opportunities for offering your love and service.
U – Urge a younger sister in Christ to minister alongside you. Your mentoring years are here! (Titus 2:3-5)
M – Make time for new ministry areas.
N – New blessings, ministries, and opportunities should be our focus, no longer dwelling on our limitations.
I leave you with these verses of encouragement for a fresh fall future attitude.
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. (Ecclesiastes 7:8)
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)
So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:10-14)
If you’re staring in the face of winter ahead, the principles are the same. Continue on! Have you struggled to find your purpose in your fall season of life?