Seasons

I have learnt that with every season there’s a reason. Just recently about 4 days ago the weather in Cape Town became icy cold, snow covered nearby mountains, stormy gale force wind and pelting rain. It felt like the cold and wet was trying to consume us and that the stormy weather was trying to destroy us. It never succeeded. Yes, there was storm damage but we survived the storm. Once the storm was over, it was. Over. Now we are 4 days later and today there is no sign of that storm. In fact, today was like a summers day. Feeling the sunshine and the warmth was almost unrecognisable as we enjoyed the sunshine and warm weather today. Seasons. They will come and they will go. What is your life feeling like at the moment? Is it a season you’re going through? Could it be that if you held on in this season that it will be over soon?

There are different seasons of our lives. Good, bad, happy, sad, This season of the pandemic easily takes its toll on us. One minute I’m enjoying being home and the next minute I feel exceptionally “locked down” In this season of lockdown I have to remember that it will pass. It might not be promising an end, but it might reveal an adjustment. Possibly an adjustment to my acceptance of the season. For each day has its own problems. As Max Lucado mentions: “Why let tomorrow’s problems rob tonight’s rest?” Mathew 6:34 “…each day has worries of its own…” Resting in the process of the season in my life helps me be WELL. It gives me a sense of “belonging” in the season as I wait for it to pass. Not quitting, just resting. Allowing my seasons to have a reason is to allow Christ into the core of it. This changes EVERYTHING!

Resting in the process moves my life from a season to a reason as to why I’m living and alive in the process. Enduring the pain, the change and the process teaches me to expect the difference and change that is on its way. So, embrace the season. Do not take it for granted. It could be your most valuable asset in changing you for good.

Perspective

What is your perspective of what is happening around you today? If all things “negative” is happening, should this mean that your perspective is negative? However challenging the day, the circumstance or the moment is, finding a DIFFERENT or BETTER perspective is key to mental wellness. If feeling down because life is beating HARSHLY, then this will disable our personal space and life. For many days are different for many people. Yet, we all have to seek a different perspective. Sometimes there is NOTHING we can do to change the circumstance or situation. But CHANGING PERSPECTIVE brings energy, peace, wellness and even a more positive sense of living. A better perspective is needed by everyone and anyone. It does help to think better about something that’s worse.

A better perspective

When we do to do better

Starting ANYWHERE requires courage. Yes, when we don’t get to our goal and when it seems that the goal post has shifted, then we need to look back and look for BETTER. Is getting better part of the process? Have we seen change along the way? Seeking to do better in my life has always been a challenge. Limited health, relationships and wealth are not the only things that help us get to a BETTER in our lives. Acknowledging the pain in the process often displays the purpose in where we are heading. One of the most popular brands out there Nike says: “ Just do it” Even when we don’t really know WHAT we need to do is the moment that we push aside doubt and do the first thing. That first thing will lead us to our goal post. Often it’s more than 1 first thing. A series of mistakes, mishaps and misfortune should not deter us from the goal post. So, just do it. So the first. Then you’ll discover the BETTER in it.