Starting over can be a scary experience. Moving to a new city with no friends or family for a new job. Going back to college after not being in a classroom in 10 years. Ending a relationship and being single again. Saying "I do" and having to start life as a wife or husband. Saying "I do"...again. Having a baby and beginning parenthood. Yikes! As exciting as new beginnings can be, we have to admit it is scary.
Often as we tread uncharted territory, we find ourselves messing up more than getting it right. Temptation presents itself and like a newly walking baby, we plant our feet, maybe try to turn our heads, but fall right down into what is comfortable. For example, New Year's resolutions. We have a goal, set out to attain it and find ourselves falling flat on our faces. Ok, let's not dance around it. You want to lose weight. You say "This year is it. New beginning for my nutrition and health." You do well the first few days then because you weren't mentally prepared, the family barbecue for Martin Luther King Day comes around and your plate is loaded with everything that causes you to gain weight. Or that one time that you knew sex before marriage was not what God wants, but you refused to get an accountability partner, pray about lusting, confess your heart idols to Jesus, and focus on His love for you. Then you wind up convicted and miserable about having sex...again. Too real?
Temptations rise in all of our lives. More often than we would like to admit, we succumb to self-satisfying desires. As believers, we are blessed to know that is not all of our story. Our failures are not our finish. Jesus is our finish. Our lack of overcoming temptation is not what defines us, but instead it is His love for us.
We definitely need a new way to live, be, think, relate, and love. But starting over, beginning anew, square one...all of those things for me cause feelings of anxiety, pressure, unpreparedness, and instability. But, there will be a time where everything will be made new. A new beginning won't be scary, daunting, or overwhelming. When God makes things new, they are peaceful, comforting, perfect, and welcomed.
Good news, great joy
Everything is new - Joel and Amy Davis
A few weeks ago, I sang those words with the praise team at church. They seemed to give me hope, excitement, joy like never before. And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:5 ESV)
Are you excited yet? My God, our God, one day will make everything new. All of the disrupted peace in the earth, broken relationships, consequences for sin, results of evil running rampant, but good news, great joy, everything will be new! Every wrong will be right. Everything out of place will be perfected because God said He would. We can rest assured that God redeem and restore things as beautifully as only He can. I can hardly wait. I'm ready for Him to make relationships new. Sins against my body, new. Injustices, new. The church, new. Familial hurt, new. Generational curses, new. Failed attempts at resisting temptation, new, Poverty, new. Sins curses, new. His version of new is more than we could ever imagine.
I'm ready for His new beginning. Are you?
Here young adults share their struggles and victories to encourage you on your Christian journey. You are never alone! God is with and for you and we always praying for you!