How Do We Begin Again?
Where to begin?
Isn’t that everyone’s question right now?
Maybe we’re not asking the right question. Maybe the appropriate question is how do we begin again? I find it funny that the longer I walk with Jesus, the more complicated life can get.
Beautiful. Tragic. Life.
“I’ve never seen anything like this.” My parents echoed this quote during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. And it still rings true today.
Sickness. Disaster. Division. Racism. Violence. Hatred. Lawlessness.
The symptoms of the fall of man are flaring, and the earth is groaning for a Savior.
People are walking around with all kinds of hurt.
My black brothers and sisters are fighting to live and be loved. The blood of the unborn taken too soon is crying out from the earth.
People are sick, and they are plagued by fear–the cancer of the mind.
But the more I find of sin and evil to be true, the more clearly the love of Christ settles on my soul.
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The more I see the love in Jesus’s eyes as He hangs on the cross on my behalf, the more I realize the gift God gave when He paid for my sins.
The more I lean in and ask God to draw near, the more I find a compassionate Father, begging His children to come home.
The more I see of the devastation surrounding us, the more my faith cries out in the dark–igniting a spark of light.
The more I realize how empty my Savior’s tomb is, the more I’m convinced that the grave of my own heart will produce a garden of life for those around me.
If we want to begin again, we have to let go of our old life. Our old identity in ourselves.
The less I am of myself for the sake of becoming one with Christ, the more purpose and joy I truly know.
Are you ready, lovely one? Are you ready to lay your life down for something greater than any worldly change?
Are you ready to see what true love can do, out of the pit of darkness? Are you ready to lose yourself, only to find what you’ve always been missing?
Are you ready to hear people say, “I’ve never seen anything like this,” as they witness Jesus inside of you?
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:9-11 NIV)
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Thank you for this inspiring reflection! Our world is in a dark place right now. But it’s a beautiful reminder that Jesus’ resurrection is a sign of new beginnings and we can trust Him for restoration.
Yes Sarah Grace! Jesus gives us a hope that is like no other. Thank you for commenting. 🙂
Sometimes, I think we get too comfortable with life. Changes like this challenge us to do better, to seek something better than the “normal” we had before. We should be able to learn from every experience, and we should be able to adapt. We should also know where to turn for guidance.
Great words of wisdom Dan! I also agree that God can use times like these to shake us out of the ordinary and into His purpose.