January 5, 2018 by maryruwe
Happy New Year everyone! I trust that you had a great Christmas with family and friends and this New Year has already begun to be great for you. Today I’m just sharing some thoughts from my heart on beginning again.
Some people may look at starting over as a failure but that’s not always the case. Sometimes beginning again is a good thing. Think about it for a moment. If you’re having trouble balancing your checkbook and the numbers all look alike, you know from experience it’s best to set it aside for a few minutes, come back and begin again. More often than not you will see where you miscalculated, make the correction and it’s quickly balanced. Job done! Would you consider it a failure to stop and begin again? No you wouldn’t. You know from experience that you need to take a break and then re-focus. This is how I look at the beginning of a new year; to take time to re-focus on what I want to accomplish during the next twelve months.
I think about what I want to do, write it down, and then make a scheduled plan to complete those projects. Habakkuk 2:2 instructs us to write down the vision (or plan) and make it plain. This is to help keep us focused on doing what we want to do. I set realistic goals for each individual item or activity. Sometimes I’ve even made a chart to keep me focused on my goal or goals. It is true that there have been times I got behind on executing a plan and had to re-start, but I don’t consider that a failure. Failure would be to not begin again. Never be afraid or ashamed of beginning again. God is in the business of letting us begin again; to me, that’s what forgiveness is all about. (1 John 1:9) If we’ve procrastinated then repent and begin anew. God wants us to succeed.
Sometimes when we see all that we need to do or want to do we get over-whelmed and just don’t start on any project. I’m here to tell you that when I get in that “mood”, I talk to myself and say, “Just do something”. Even a small amount of work on a project will push aside any feeling of being over-whelmed, and will bring a sense of accomplishment, and thereby I am encouraged to continue working until the project is finished.
Of course any time we want to venture out and do something we need to commit our way to the Lord, trust in Him and ask for His help to bring the finished work to completion. (Psalm 37:5)
So let’s begin this year with a new commitment to following the plan that God has for us – not just the spiritual plan – but even our natural plans that need to be done. Proverbs 16:3 tells us that when we commit our works unto the Lord, our thoughts will be established. This means that we will think clearly about what we need to do and how it is to be done. God has given us each talents and skills and He wants us to enjoy them in the natural living of our lives, and to use for His Kingdom. So let us make new commitments to fulfill His plan for our lives and begin again , if need be, to walk in love toward one another, forgiving one another as Christ has forgiven us. Forget the failures of the past and press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)