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Written by Dynamis Ministries | October 12, 2023

According to our calendars, and the earth’s rotation, this year the fall season will last from September 23 to December 21. However, we don’t need to recognize the fall equinox or the winter solstice to tell us it’s fall. There are many other indicators that give this season away. For starters, fall is often associated with cooler, crisp days and the changing colors of trees. Even if we don’t live in the Midwestern climate, there are indicators of the season change, like the way the ocean relaxes and warm surface waters shift back toward the coast. Wherever we are located however, nothing quite says fall like a pumpkin flavored coffee or a pumpkin flavored treat, right?

The truth is that seasons mark more than weather patterns or food traditions. Seasons are a big part of life. Solomon, who is known for his incredible wisdom and authorship of the biblical books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, said a lot about seasons. People in and out of the Christian faith recognize one of his most famous wisdom writings:

“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

Each of us live out our days through a series of seasons. We experience seasons of hardship and seasons of blessings. We experience seasons of transition and seasons of stability, as well as seasons of work and seasons of rest. For anyone who’s a parent, you can probably resonate with the different seasons of parenting from caring for an infant’s every need to carefully coaching adult kids. There are countless ways we can classify the seasons we live through. In fact, you can probably think of a few words to describe your current season right now.

It’s clear that we all experience different seasons throughout our lives, but have you ever considered how seasons can affect our generosity? In fact, having a greater awareness of our life seasons can aide us as we live out our greatest generosity potential. For example, in seasons of intense work or busy parenting, our schedules are pinched, and it’s during these seasons we might have a greater impact with our generosity by giving financially. Or, we may fall under seasons of little financial margin that impacts our resources, in which case it’s wise to put greater focus on giving of our time and service. There are also different seasons of passions that we hold in our hearts, and we might find ourselves pouring into food insecurity in one season and at another time be doing more in missions for the gospel to spread to the nations.

These are just a few examples of how our personal seasons can affect our generosity, but by understanding our current season of life we can have a better plan for how we can live out our generosity during that time. Just as seasons change, so too will our generosity change with the times. As we reflect on our current life seasons, let’s spend time considering how we can still be generous given the opportunities or constraints the season may present. In doing so, we can remain constant in giving despite the changing seasons.