Everybody is blessed with the opportunity for a fresh start at some point in their lives. Whether it be a move, new friendship or even a new career opportunity. I recently moved into a new home. I must say it can be a bit overwhelming but also extremely exciting at the same time. All the tedious research, speaking with real estate agents, and starting the application process while asking myself. “Is my credit is still good?” It was good last time I made a large move but that was 13 years ago.
I also had feelings of anticipation in viewing potential new homes and imagining how better things would be in my new residence.
There was the difficult task of deciding what to take with me and what needed to be left behind. The dreaded separation anxiety. What if I need this item later? I know I have not used it in 5 years, but you never know? It seems like I made a new “to do list” every day. I consider myself a “serial” planner but now all the planning was so exhausting to me! Then there were the internal questions and concerns when you visit a new place like where is the nearest store? Is the neighborhood safe? What about my neighbors? I hope they are friendly.
It reminds me of similar struggles that we encounter as Christians in our desire to live pleasing to Him. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old things passed away; behold new things have come.“ [clickToTweet tweet=”When Jesus is Lord of our life; there should be a change in lifestyle and our desires too!” quote=”Once Jesus is Lord of our life; there should be a change in lifestyle and our desires too.”]
My spiritual fresh start is extremely challenging! Since recommitting my life to Christ over 3 years ago, it is my desire to please God every day but some of my old habits seemed so much fun. (at least I thought they were) It has been difficult to change some things and much easier for others. I am so thankful that the Holy Spirit lives within us as Christians. He helps us in so many ways; encouraging us and giving us strength and guidance when we ask God for help. We must be willing to listen and obey even when we do not understand. I cannot succeed in my “spiritual” fresh start without God’s help. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
I am learning something from God’s word every day as my trust in Him deepens. I know He loves me and only wants what is best for me. So I am done succumbing to the feelings of anxiety every time I encounter something new. I ask God to use me each day so that He is glorified. In doing that, it is making all my “fresh starts” less maddening. I see daily evidence of God working in my life. This fresh start with Him has been both enlightening and transforming for me! My prayer is that you allow Him to transform your life! So will you continue to crawl around like a Caterpillar or let God transform you into a beautiful Butterfly? The choice is yours my friend.
Food for Thought
So how did you struggle when becoming a new believer or recommitting to Christ?
How do you handle a fresh start?(job,mate,home, move,etc..)
I would love to hear your thoughts and God bless!
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