Ryan Murray: Fall is a good time to examine the road you're on
With summer ending, school starting and summer vacations packed away as memories, I've discovered that September has always been a good month to reflect, reevaluate and take a moment to refocus on the road that I'm on.
Maybe it's the change of seasons or perhaps seeing those school buses on the road again, but as I've grown into adulthood – a term I use loosely when referencing myself – I'm a true believer that the Lord gives us the chance to take a look at where we've been, where we are and where we may be going, especially at this time of the year.
Where have you been physically, mentally and most important spiritually the past few months? God gives us the gift of taking a look at our past and cherishing the good times with wonderful memories while also evaluating where we may have made mistakes. A friend of mine once told me that it's never a mistake until you make it twice – the first time is a learning experience. That's important to remember when taking a look at where we've been. God wants us to learn from our mistakes, but not dwell on them. Through His Son, we have been forgiven and by holding on to our flawed history too much, we really can get in the way of what He is calling us to be.
This is also a great time of the year to look at where we are in the present. Maybe it's refocusing your work or personal relationships. Maybe it's refocusing your relationship with God, or it could be all of the above. As the old saying goes, there's no better time than the present to readjust and re-prioritize.
This time of year gives us a chance to take a look at where we may be going down the road of life. Personally, I've had a bit of a struggle with this one as of late, until I was reminded of a very important point from my mother.
It's easy to try and plan for the future, and it's important to do so. It's equally important to know that in truth, none of us are really in control of any plan as there is only One that has control.
The important point that my mother made? Let go and let God. When our plan for the future doesn't go the way we expected it would – let go and let God because when you do that, you'll be amazed at how clear your path ahead truly becomes.
With summer ending and the crisp days of autumn just around the corner, take a few minutes to see where your road has taken you. While there may have been some bumps before in the road or if there are curves ahead, always remember that God is the best navigator.