For 21 years of my life the season of autumn was always bittersweet. It was sweet because autumn is football season and I have a ridiculously strong emotional connection to the Ravens. For me the fall season really begins in early September when week 1 of the NFL season starts; it ushers in a new season of passionately laughing and crying over the Ravens. The glory of the gridiron at M&T Bank Stadium is a wellspring of joy or depression every Sunday. Perhaps there are some sin issues I need to deal with regarding my attachment and idolatry of the Ravens, but not now, I’m writing a blog now so I can’t worry about that! Maybe God’s Spirit will convict me of that one day, but it is now today. I also love the weather of the fall! The temperatures are cool and the beauty of nature is wonderful to behold! The glory of God in nature is clearly evident when the leaves begin to change color. But autumn was always bitter because of the ever-looming presence of the beginning of the school year. School was always the bearer of bad news in my life during this time of year. It was a real autumn party foul to have to go back to school during such a wonderful time of year and prevent me from fully enjoying the otherwise awesomeness of autumn!
But this year is different. I’m done with school so there is no bitter taste in my mouth anymore! I didn’t have to worry about giving up my freedom of the summer to go back to school this year and now I am free from the tyranny of professors and homework and ridiculous three hour night classes! The beauty of the fall is mine to behold in full and I plan to take advantage of that this year! Part of that will involve studying the Creator God who causes the beauty of the fall months. I hope to use these upcoming months to love my Savior more and to search for career opportunities. I also hope to train myself in spiritual disciplines such as study of the Word and journalling. Most of all I pray that this season would be fruitful in my service of God’s kingdom and witness of Jesus Christ.