The Most Optimistic Month

Monday, September 10, 2012

"September is a month of transition," Pastor Carmen said. "September helps us transition from the busyness of summer to the busyness of fall." 

I nodded my head in agreement. September has felt rather cray-cray for me. We are transitioning from a peaceful and easy summer into the full swing of two schools, a new work schedule, and extra curricular activities. Our days look different than they did one month ago, and we are in the middle of trying to figure out what works: Is it too much of a scramble for me to make school lunches in the morning? How will my husband ever have time to go to that Bible study? When should Big Guy do his homework? Is family dinner going to happen? Am I going to make use of that gym membership? These are some of the transition-related questions that have plagued me on hot September days. 

So I was surprised when Pastor Carmen continued, "September is the most optimistic month of the year."

"School Bus" drawn by Big Guy as I was writing this - how did he know I needed a sweet September picture?
She is right, of course. September is when so many things start new: all students have the potential for an A, church programs are fresh and ready to go, and every football team could be a winner. There is this feeling of possibility in the air, like when Joe Fox, smitten with Kathleen and with fall, emails her, "I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils. . ." (I don't go around quoting movies, but that line from You've Got Mail has always stuck with me - a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils - I love it!)

Like newly sharpened pencils, this season is ready, and it is time to get on the right track. I'm pretty sure that was Pastor Carmen's point. The right track, in this case, is not figuring out a magical way to run faster on the scheduling treadmill; but rather, how to see those who truly need my attention as I zoom past balancing my latte, a calendar, a sharp pencil, and a cell phone. 
You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. James 2:8-10
That was the scripture we read, and it gets to the heart of our running around, doesn't it? "For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it." My takeaway, my challenge, for this month is to think a little less about my personal calendar, and more about how I can make myself available for God's agenda. Am I even noticing my neighbors as I zip out of the driveway to make the carpool line? Am I putting my days in God's hands, so that He can use me, even when it seems like my world is so small? Am I viewing this month of change in the most optimistic way - in God's capable and all powerful hands? Something to think about as I set off on the first day of this new week.

How do you feel about September as "the most optimistic month?" 

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4 Responses to “The Most Optimistic Month”

  1. I would have though January. September? But he's right. It's a time when we 'get down to business.' That even carries over to my adult life.

  2. I agree...there's something about clean pages, unused pencils, crayons, etc. that shout "you have potential." I don't think I ever went into a school year pessimistic that things would totally head south in a minutes. That might come later....about report card time ;).

  3. As I have gotten older, I have grown a dislike for September as it heralds the coming of winter. (I am no longer a fan of long, cold and snowy winters.) After reading your post, however, I have a much warmer and optimistic perspective of September. Thanks!

  4. I really love those pencils ;) great shot! I love the "think less of my personal calender and more of God's agenda" love love it!