A New Beginning


What are your goals for today and for the next few months? What steps will you take to keep your gaze on Christ?

A new day. There’s something about a new beginning that inspires me. The mistakes I made yesterday are a thing of the past. I’m able to let go and begin again. Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables, put it perfectly:

Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet? ~ L.M. Montgomery

The possibilities are endless

Like a blanket of freshly fallen snow, with no foot prints or soil to mar the beautiful white surface, the new year stretches out with endless possibilities. As I dream big and establish my goals, here are some things I need to remember:

There WILL be challenges along the way.

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1

The Lord will guide my steps.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

The Lord will give me wisdom.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5

I can finish well.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 2 Timothy 4:7

A great example

Paul was able to pen these words because he kept his eyes on Christ. His life was radically changed on the road to Damascus. His dreams and goals revolved around introducing others to the Savior and making much of Him.

Paul’s life wasn’t easy. He experienced some really tough stuff: beatings, shipwreck, and imprisonment. But he was prepared for the challenges – not letting them defeat him.

If you’re like me, it’s difficult to think of Paul as a normal person. I tend to think of him as a spiritual giant. The Lord did use him in incredible ways, but Paul lived in a body of flesh just like you and me.

Real life

He got in arguments and dealt with the same emotions we do. But through all of life’s ups and downs, Paul submitted himself to the Lord’s guidance and wisdom. At the end of his journey, he was able to say his fight had been a good one, he had finished what God had given him to do, and he had been faithful.

There will be difficulties and I will make mistakes, but if I keep my eyes on Christ I will finish well.

Your turn

What are your goals today and for the next several months? What step will you take to keep your gaze on Christ?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for new beginnings. Help me keep my focus on You. I need Your wisdom and guidance. When difficulties come and I mess up, give me strength to begin again and ultimately to finish well. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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