Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. Autumn colors burst on the scene, the temperature begins to cool and pumpkin spiced lattes are back on the coffee shop menu. The lazy days of summer transition to the busyness of fall activities. School is back and routines are set. We are back in the game of life, working towards our goals and accomplishing the vision set before us.
My favorite thing of all about fall is the wardrobe. Flip-flops and tank tops are replaced with jackets, scarves, hats and boots. Layers are back, and style is in. It’s almost as if fall gives us permission to declare not only our taste in fashion but our own unique sense of individuality.
A beanie and combat boots indicate our downtown grungy side. A blazer and scarf reveals our sense of sophistication, and flannel and skinny jeans tell everyone we’re with the band. Whatever our tastes and preferences are, they have been placed in us for a purpose.
We are all unique and completely individual. No one possesses our DNA. No one has our particular set of fingerprints. No one on earth is like us. We are all a one-of-a-kind original masterpiece. The mold was broken when we were made. Deep down inside we know this and that is why our uniqueness flows out of our core in different ways. It can be seen in our sense of fashion, in our sense of humor, in our taste in music. Our individuality can be seen in the passion for our causes, in compassion for hurting people, and in our hobbies, academic pursuits, choices of vocation and avocation. When we embrace our identity and individuality we declare something deeper about eternity.
However we have been shaped and molded, it is for a specific purpose and reason. We are neither an accident nor a mistake. No matter the circumstances of our birth, we are destined to be here. We actually have been plucked from eternity and placed into our specific location and time. No matter the obstacles we face or the challenges we encounter, we were born to conquer them all and reign in life.
The infinite, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, omnibenevolent Creator of the Universe designed us and knows our detailed workings. He understands how we are wired and what makes us tick. And even more than all of this, He loves how we are wired. He loves our uniqueness. He loves everything about us. He created us. There is nothing about us that is a surprise to Him. He is not caught off guard, nor taken back. We are actually His idea and design.
God not only loves everything about us, He loves us. Even when we were not interested in knowing Him or HIs plan for our lives, He loved us. He has always desired a close relationship with us. He desires family. He sent His very best from heaven to earth on a seek-and-rescue mission for us. God’s only begotten son Jesus Christ came to this earth for you and me. He came extending grace not condemnation. He came offering forgiveness not judgment. He came for relationship not rules.
He knew the price that would have to be paid for mankind to be reconciled to the Father God and He chose to pay that price. Jesus lived a perfect life here on earth for each and every single one of us, because we are not able to. Jesus died a criminal’s death on the cross for our sins, so we would not have to. And Jesus was raised from the dead for our justification, so we could forever have right standing with Him by simple faith.
God’s perfect love and justice were poured out on the cross for you and me. Every sin, mistake and shortcoming has been paid for on the cross at Calvary once and for all. As we receive Jesus and His finished work on the cross, we become the righteousness of God in Christ. All we do is simply believe. Even if we’ve thought that God was mad at us, we were wrong. God’s love is infinite, His mercy and forgiveness unending.
As we seek our Father God in prayer, we can catch a greater glimpse daily of His radical love for us. As we grow as people of love we will begin to sense the calling we were made for. Once we begin to become rooted in the knowledge of God’s love we will get a fuller picture of our purpose here on earth.
Receiving God’s love allows us to return that love to Him, which then overflows onto others. No matter the individual specifics of our calling, the core of it will always be love. As we meditate on God’s love, we will find ourselves falling in love: in love with God, in love with our purpose, in love with who we have been created to be.
As we enter this busy season of fall, we can stay centered at our core of our being knowing that we are deeply loved. Loved people love and the more we receive His love the more we will effortlessly fulfill the purpose and plan He has for us; the more we will become everything we are destined to be.