By Debra Whittington
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalm 16:11
Even though the calendar doesn’t officially declare that summer is over and it is now fall, the weather states otherwise. The cool, crisp mornings give way to warm afternoons indicating that something is about to change. The Farmer’s Market is abuzz with activity as an abundant harvest is available for purchase.
Although I know people who wish for summer year round, I am one of those people who thrive during the fall. I anticipate the changing colors in our oak trees as I walk each morning. I look forward to the day when I will no longer have to pull weeds around those trees and instead can fully appreciate their beauty.
A recent birthday reminded me that I am rounding the corner from the summer of my life into fall. With this birthday, I anticipate all that the Lord has in store for me during the remainder of my life. I was so blessed to have friends and family who helped both Mark and I celebrate our birthdays. Over the course of several days, we got together for several meals, which included cake, ice cream, and wonderful conversation.
It was during the course of those conversations that I realized how much I experienced during my lifetime and how it places me into another generation. I am old enough to be one of my good friends’ mother and this was quite evident when I started talking about favorite movies and the actors that starred in them. She wasn’t even born when the movies were made and yet it seemed as though it wasn’t that long ago.
Time passes much more quickly the older I get and makes me realize how short life really is. When we are young and in the springtime of our lives, it seems as though we have all the time in the world. During the summers of our lives most people are busy with careers and raising their children. Time is a premium in their lives because there is never enough of it to go around. Soon it is fall and the children are gone and living lives of their own. For some people it is a major time of transition as they take stock of their lives and all they have accumulated. Many of them finally realize their own mortality as friends and loved ones pass away.
Before we know it, our lives have quickly passed and it is difficult to determine where the time went. All too soon we realize how much of our life is gone with no assurance of what will happen next.
Finally, it is the winter of life and the days are numbered. In this stage of life people have more time on their hands but lack the strength or health to do the things they once did. For many of them all they can do is look back and remember.
What we do with the rest of our lives depends on decisions we make right now. Our number one decision should be how we can live our lives for the glory of Christ. The Apostle Paul stated in Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me…”
One way we can do this is by making a list of things we want to accomplish in our lives. When I was a teenager, I made a list of places I wanted to see and things I wanted to do in my life. Some of the things may seem small and frivolous as an adult, but they were important to me at the time. Some things like writing and my desire to be published took many years to accomplish.
Now that I have reached a milestone birthday in the fall of my life, I plan to make another list. First I plan to take time to pray about it and seek the Lord’s guidance. Some of the things on the list may seem hard to achieve, but I know the Lord’s hand will be in it. God wants to give us the desires of our hearts. David wrote in Psalm 37:3-5, “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass”.
What season of life are you in right now? What will you do with the rest of your life? The decision is up to you.