Did you know that some schools start already on Monday? Our kids won’t start until the 11th but it’s still almost here. Are you ready to get back to the grid? How are you approaching this new beginning? How could we being in such a way that would be life-giving and not just the same old, same old all over again?
Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace. (Matthew 6:6, MSG,*)
The best way to start any new season in our life is to begin with Jesus. When we spend time with God we begin to sense his grace. And that is what carries us into the future. That is what faith is all about. And as the focus shifts from our problems to God, we realize all is well. When we ask for guidance and direction for the new beginning, we know God is with us. Then we are ready to tackle whatever comes into our way.
‘I’m sending you off to open the eyes of the outsiders so they can see the difference between dark and light, and choose light, see the difference between Satan and God, and choose God. I’m sending you off to present my offer of sins forgiven, and a place in the family, inviting them into the company of those who begin real living by believing in me.’ (Acts 26:17-18, MSG,*)
God is sending us to represent his love and grace in our neighborhoods, schools and workplaces. God wants everyone to know his love, receive the grace of Christ and live in the presence of the Holy Spirit. Because that’s what real living is all about. And real living begins by believing in Jesus. And real living continues by beginning new things with Jesus.
I give to you this new beginning
and ask for guidance and direction.
Let me always sense your grace.
I want to do your will,
show me the way.
Let Jesus be the way .
Nothing but Jesus.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: How do you begin a new season in your life?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you begin with Jesus!
* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.]