I recently took a few days alone at a cabin in the mountains of North Georgia to pray and study. While sitting on the deck reading one day, I began to look at the leaves around me. The fall season in Georgia is beautiful. The leaves start changing colors then they turn loose and fall to the ground. As I was sitting there, tree after tree was losing leaves. Many were barren or getting close. I began to think about this, and realized a truth about leaves that reminded me of people.
1- They change as time goes by. In Georgia, the leaves begin their change around October. If you know what is happening, you can see it coming. At first their color changes ever so slightly, then at a certain time and temperature they completely change. People can be just like that. You can see when they get complacent, agitated, angry, apathetic, etc. If not dealt with soon, they will make complete changes, and not for the better.
2- Many turn loose and go their way. As I studied the leaves I realized many of the leaves evidently turned loose at the first gust of wind, but others were hanging on longer. Eventually, I would see a lone leaf let go. Soon another one and another. It seems that people today want less commitment than ever before. When they make a decision to “let go” you have to let them.
3- Most have no sense or control of their destination. When the leaves let go of the tree branch they have no idea where they will end up. They have no steering wheel or motor. They are at the mercy of the wind to take them where it will. People with no purpose or goal in life have no idea where they are going and therefore, they simply go with the circumstance of life. They never do anything to take control of their own lives.
4- They end up in a pile with no identity. After blowing around untethered for a while, they eventually hit the ground. When they reach the ground, they usually never move again unless something or someone bigger than themselves comes by and moves them. People with no purpose in life just “survive”. They are unhappy, unsatisfied, but unmotivated enough to move. These people live and die without making a real difference in the world or for those following them.
5- They never make it far. When they make it to the pile, in reality they fell a long ways “down”, but not very far “away”. They can always see where “used to be” but never where they “could be”.
You might want to check out a earlier blog I wrote about, “Some People.”