Much like Green Day I wanted someone to wake me up when September ended. It wasn’t a terrible month by any stretch, but it definitely wasn’t the best month on record.
October begins anew today, and with that it feels like a turning of the page in life. It feels like when you walk out your door on the first crisp fall morning (for all you Southerners will understand) and you come alive.
The mess and ugliness of September is gone. Today starts anew, and with it the hope of renewal…the joy of a new season of life. That more than anything excites me. The choice to turn that page is hard, to allow the ugliness to slip away and joy to fill my life again is difficult when you’ve only been dwelling on the bad or the one area.
I’m not saying a new month washes all that September brought away. But October’s arrival allows me to put off what September packed on. It allows me the refreshing vision of what I carried in September and unload it before venturing onward. It gives me the opportunity to choose what I put on to continue this single journey.
For that, thankfulness abounds. Joy invigorates. A heart is overwhelmed. Life is renewed.
Since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Colossians 3:9-10 (NIV)