January 1, 2019 by maryruwe
Have you ever thought about how many times we begin new things in our lives? We begin school for the very first time, and then each consecutive year thereafter at least until out of high school. We begin new subjects and then begin again with the same subject at a higher level. Driving a car is a new beginning, and then there’s the purchase of a new car and a home. How about our first real job, and or a new job and moving to a new city; they are new beginnings too. And of course maybe the all time favorite is getting married and starting a family. The list goes on and I’m sure you can think of some of your new beginnings that I haven’t mentioned.
How about some new beginnings we see in the Bible:
Adam began again when taken out of the Garden of Eden.
Abram began again when God asked him to leave his family. Then he began again when God gave him a new name, Abraham, as a promise of a family.
Jacob began again when he left his home running from his brother and then when he returned.
Joseph began several times: sold as a slave, in prison, as governor, and then receiving his brothers.
The Israelites began a new life when they moved to Egypt and then when they left Egypt.
The Disciples began new lives when they left their jobs to follow Jesus.
Peter began again to walk on walk with Jesus; and then began again after denying Jesus.
Paul began a new life when he met Jesus on the road to Damascus; and became one of the main Christian leaders and wrote a good portion of the New Testament.
So what exactly am I saying to you? I’m saying that we should not allow ourselves to get discouraged; it’s okay to begin again. If you’ve failed to keep a promise or complete a project, to call someone when God brought them across your thoughts, then repent and begin again with a new fresh commitment to do better. If you’ve failed to exercise like you said you would this past year, or save more money etc then begin this New Year again with determination to finish and reach your goal. God specializes in new beginnings with us.
Let’s leave behind the frustrations, disappointments and discouragements and begin this New Year with new diligence to complete, finish, and obtain our goals. Let’s not allow the spirit of regret to overcome us and hinder us from going forward. Let’s not grow weary in well doing, but continue to reach forward with effort to complete and accomplish God’s plan for us.
Two of my favorite Scriptures are Matthew 6:33 and Philippians 1:6 because when I seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, it is easier for me to believe two things: that not only has He begun a good work in me, but that He is also able to complete it.
Psalm 78:7 – set your hope in God, and forget not the works of God, but keep His commandments.
Philippians 3:13 – but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.
James 1:25 – be not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the Word.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! May your year be filled with love, joy, peace, good health and prosperity.