A New Beginning
With the beginning of a new year, all the posts and vlogs and videos and people begin to talk about what they are going to do differently this year. The running joke about making a resolution but not keeping it goes around. Everyone begins the year off on a sunny note. But really, it's just another day. It's just another month. It's just another year.
That sounds kind of pessimistic. It's not. I just have a different view on the newness. The past month has been taxing. My family has been stressed on a whole new level. This past year has brought more pain and anguish than I ever knew possible. And that's saying a lot if anyone knows any bit of my life history. But, yet, this past year has brought more healing, more joy, and new life that would have never been possible if not for the anguish. There are still remnants of the anguish in the joy. There are deep wounds that are still healing. Another day will go by and the joy will increase as the wounds decrease. The joy may be abounding, but it will always contain at least one atom of anguish. Otherwise, how would I know and understand the abounding joy?
I feel this way about my past. There are so many things wrong about it. There are so many things I would go back and change, no matter how it would affect my present. There are so many wrongs I would right, relationships I would change, places I would be or not be. But I can't. I can't go back and change it. What I can change is this moment. Right now. Every moment is new. Every second I can restart. I don't have to wait until Monday. I don't have to wait until the first of the month. I don't have to wait until the new year. It is now.
“It didn't take growing, reading, praying, seeing, any of that or anything else for me to change. He did it in an instant.”
I know this because of my new beginning. I feel like I met God for the first time when I was 28. I knew of him since I was 6. But I didn't know him. In October of 2002, I had an encounter with Him. That's a whole lot of story for days to come. What is important is that I was made new in a single moment. It did not take time for me to change. It didn't take growing, reading, praying, seeing, any of that or anything else for me to change. He did it in an instant. So as I cross the threshold of a new year, it is only a reminder that every moment is new. Every moment is the possibility, the opportunity, to be new. That is definitely cause for celebration!
If you think you are too unworthy, too dirty, too ashamed, too guilty, too bad, too far gone, too unlovable, too abused, too tattered, too worn, at the end of your life - "So what if it matters" - or at the beginning of your life having no clue what to do. It's OK. He knows. He already knows! All He wants is your heart. Give Him your heart and He will take care of the rest. He will bathe you in his blood, washing away all that you hold onto that is blocking your way to Him, creating a whole new you. If you would like to connect more about this, about Him, become a member of this site, follow me, and message me directly. I would be more than honored to spend time with you.
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