When Growth Requires Change

There is a certain level of excitement I feel as the mere concept of fall is mentioned. Maybe it’s the knowledge that hoodie season is coming, or, if I hold my head just right, the fall will lead into days cold enough to support snuggling on the couch with a fire in the fireplace. For this girl that struggles in Texas heat, the cooler temps outside help brighten my mood and make me smile.  And can we talk about all the things pumpkin spice? I am so excited just writing this!

During a recent run in the park, I was smiling at the colored leaves on the ground. Not many, as
Texas is a little late to the fall game, but colored leaves nonetheless. I thought about the impending
changes that would come with fall, and a peaceful contentment rolled over me. 
I have seen, both personally and professionally, the struggle to appreciate the value in the
changing seasons of life. It is human tendency to cling to the familiar, even in the knowledge that
the change brings blessings.

Becoming excited about hoodies and pumpkin spice does not require a surrendering of control or an act of faith, but a change in the seasons of life often does. I am reminded that God’s word makes it clear in Ecclesiastes 3 that there is a time and place, a season for everything. Change is required for growth. The new leaves can’t fill the trees until the old ones are gone. New ways of life for people can’t happen until the old is first shed. I can trust that God is working all these changes for my good (Rom 8:28).

What would your attitude and demeanor be like if you embraced life changes the way I do the fall?
Would there be more peace? Would you be filled with more joy? If making changes is difficult for you,
there is help. If you are clinging for dear life to that thing God is calling you to let go of, there is help.
Change is necessary, but it does not have to be done alone.

Authored by: Rachel Nauss, LCSW
Rachel is passionate about all aspects of health and wellness and believes in a holistic approach when considering mental health. Rachel obtained a Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2006 and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.