September-The Other New Year

I love September!

September is my favorite month because the oppressive heat of summer is replaced with what I believe is the most perfect weather in the Midwest. There is lots of sunshine with lower humidity and temps in the perfect mid-70’s range. But finally some rain comes to refresh the earth like this past weekend with the Isaac remnants. In September you don’t sweat to death walking from your car to the front door, but you don’t have to where a sweater or jacket either.

September is also the perfect wardrobe month. Shorts are still okay. And according to the TV series “What Not to Wear,” white is still acceptable. But, if you don’t want to shave your legs for a few days, you can get be comfortable in jeans or slacks without passing out from heat exhaustion. You can wear sandals one day and your designer boots the next. No one cares because it’s September and the seasons are in transition. So they think you either just can’t let go of summer or you can’t wait for winter and both are okay in September.

Because of the aforementioned reasons to love September, it is also the perfect month to play golf! Golf, the game I love to hate. Sounds like an idea for another blog post. So for now, I’ll just say two of the reasons I love golf is the quality and quantity time I have with family and friends and the absolute beauty of creation I am privileged to enjoy while on the course.

September is also the start of college football and I do so enjoy college football. In stadiums all across this country thousands, even hundreds of thousands of fans pack the house to watch their favorite team pummel the other team because maybe this year will be their year. The rest of the millions who can’t get to the stadium (like me) pack their living rooms and media rooms with friend and foe alike to scream at the mega flat screen, jump up and down on the furniture and spill chips and dip all over the floor. It’s as much a social necessity as it is game and I enjoy every minute of it!

And I must just say, that even though the all powerful NCAA has declared this year doesn’t count for The Ohio State Buckeyes, I say…Go Bucks and prove the naysayers all wrong!

But, finally and most importantly September is my favorite month because it is the start to a new year. I know. January One is the start of a new calendar year. But September is the other new year; at least here in America, in part because of our summer break culture.

September is the start of new seasons of life!

It’s the start of a new school year. Yeah, some crazy schools start in August, but I don’t think teachers or students are ready to really get into it until after Labor Day Weekend. Wouldn’t you agree? Young adults start their freshman year in college and seniors start their celebrating way in advance of crossing the stage for the much coveted diploma.

It’s also the start of a new year in many church programs (AWANA, Women’s & Men’s Ministry, Youth Programs, Choir, etc…) After summer vacations and extended weekends, I’m pretty sure pastors and parishioners everywhere are glad to get people back in the pew and back into sweet fellowship.

September is the highest month for births in the U.S. I think it has something to do with the the frigid nights of January.

And I must say September is a wonderful month to be born. I should know. I have a September birth date. Tomorrow as a matter of fact. My son’s birthday is also in September and so was my dad’s. Several nephews and nieces celebrate their birth in this month and so do some in-laws. Lots of friends enjoy their birthday in September. A person could go broke trying to keep up with them all in September.

The ultimate new season; being born!

But here is the ultimate, ultimate new season; being born-again!

Have you been born twice? Do you know that you know that when you die you will liver forever with Jesus Christ in heaven?

There is no better month, no better season, no better day to be saved than right now!

Call out to God. Tell Him you agree with Him that you are a sinner and do not deserve this new life. Then tell Him you believe His Son, Jesus came and died on the cross, shed His blood to cleanse you from ALL your unrighteousness. Call upon the name of the Lord Jesus and you will be saved. This is the challenge. This is the only question that matters.

Have you been born-again in Jesus?

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3 

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