Fall is one of my favorite seasons. The changing leaves, the “pumpkin-everything” lattes, and festivals all add their spice to fall. However; the four seasons are only temporary, and inevitably; the last leaf will fall and winter will begin.
“The only thing constant is change,” someone wrote. That is true. The world is constantly changing. People are also constantly changing, and hopefully changing, for the better. (ever hear the phrase ‘turned over a new leaf?’)
How do I know that I am changing for the better? Romans 12 has a challenging checklist for the mature Christian.
” Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
(Romans 12:9-21 ESV)
I am completely convicted when I read this, as I fail at all of these! However; I believe that God is teaching me, a little at a time, that [with His help and His timing and His Word and teaching] I can slowly learn (like a child) to trust Him a little more, and [that] His Spirit will guide me in these things. (John 14:26)
He will do the same for you.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
Further reading: Eccl. 3:1-8, II Timothy 4:2, Col. 1:28