Autumn is upon us. The leaves are changing colors and falling from the trees. Temperatures are dropping and frost has greeted us on several occasions already. Change of seasons brings thoughts of change. Is there something in life that should be different? Is peace a part of every aspect of life? Health, finances, relationships, work, relaxation, recreation, sleep: just a few facets of one's life. Is there proper balance between them? Is anything causing unsettled feelings or confusion? If so, something needs to change.
Generally, a change in behavior is what is needed. If one's health is not what it should be, what would it take to be healthier? A better diet, smaller portions, drinking more water, more exercise, counting calories, cutting out the late-night snacks, fewer fast-food meals? Even one small change can have a dramatic effect on improving one's health.
Are finances out of whack? Is debt taking control of life? It is said that when a persons borrows from someone, the borrower becomes a slave to the lender, or to the item purchased. Debt seems to be a common part of life these days; but, does it have to be? Debt can cause many problems in life--not limited to relationship difficulties, overwork, and health problems. Where does the money go every month? Hopefully, at least some of it is going to tithing, savings, and investments. If not, there are programs that can help get things in order. Having a plan, such as is taught in the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University, helps bring finances under control.
Relationships can be tricky. Sometimes expectations may be an issue. Maybe one is too judgmental or submissive. A little bit of acceptance, forgiveness, and honesty can go a long way in making a relationship better. Relationships occur in the home, in the workplace, in friendships, and otherwise. They make up a major portion of everyday life. If a relationship is in need of work, the first place to begin is within oneself. It is impossible to change another person, but we can do something about ourselves.
Work is important, but so is relaxation and recreation. Sleep needs to be worked into the picture as well. Even the unemployed can be burdened, as the job search can be demanding and can consume one's life. Time for recreation, even just a simple walk, can make a tremendous difference. Consider taking time away from the television, video games, and the computer. Quiet time can help to ease the stress. Yoga, meditation, reading the Bible, or some other form of quiet activity helps to bring peace to the body and mind.
When a balance is established, life can take on a whole new appearance and feel. The stress and anxiety that generally have been commonplace are no more. Life takes on a whole new meaning at this point. Staying in balance, striving for good health and great relationships, being in control of finances, getting a good night's sleep, and having a little fun and laughter all help to bring peace in a person's everyday life.
Sometimes we don't know what the source of our troubles is, so we don't know how to fix things. In this case, prayer is the answer. 1 Peter 5: 6-7 says, "So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you," (New American Bible, 1987, Wichita, KS: Devore & Sons, Inc.). Through prayer, God will provide the necessary answers to our needs. His answer will come at the proper time. It is at the appointed time that we will be ready for whatever answer is given and whatever change is needed.
With God's help, we can make the changes to bring peace into our lives.