“Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I. press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” - Philippians 3:13-14
During the past few days, while awaiting the editorial review of my current manuscript, The Orchard (coming in September 2022), I’ve enjoyed the process of sorting through closets and drawers, one of my fall cleaning rituals. Yes, you read that correctly—I do actually like this chore.
And while organizing each room, I’ve been thinking how nostalgic the autumn season has always been for me, and with that, what things from the past do I want to keep and what do I want to discard? My mother’s elegant cake stand is something I stared at for the longest time, knowing I could not relinquish it because of the lovely memories associated with it: the beautiful presentation of birthday cakes over the years. Also, there were the many small, black notebooks containing my father’s sermon outlines from the past. No, I could not get rid of those either.
But there were things that I had no trouble tossing—files of my early writings (unpublishable musings), little hankies from my childhood, Dave’s worn-out running shoes, an old comforter, and a Christmas tree that’s seen better days.
So, what is it about autumn that nudges us to deep-clean, downsize, and organize? Does the incentive come from looking ahead to the coming holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas, perhaps? Or is there a spiritual goal involved, as the scripture states above? If the latter is the motivation, are there things we've left undone or unsaid that need to be addressed? Is there lingering tension with family or friends that need to be discussed and forgiven?
We each know through experience that it is essential to shed the things from the past that encumber our spiritual walk, and by doing so, we’re less burdened for the journey ahead. If our focus is on the future and not the past, then embracing all that God has for us will keep our eyes on our Lord Jesus, the finisher (perfecter) of our faith.
Wishing you autumn blessings!
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