This is a New Beginning…. Not a Do-Over!

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I would venture to say that most of you will not be able to truly enjoy this week’s podcast, because you are just too busy.  The only time you can even take 5 minutes to listen, is while you are driving to work, working, or driving home and for those of you that are not commuting, I’m not sure when you’d have time.  But I would like to challenge you to take a few moments to stop what you’re doing….

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  • Close your eyes
  • Inhale deeply through your nose until you feel it in your core
  • Hold for a few seconds … Focus your mind on your breath
  • Exhale through your mouth

Now, Open your Eyes to your New Beginning…

10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. 

Ephesians 2:10

But this is not “a do-over”.  The last two years have taught us that we can live life differently. We can’t turn back the hands of time and start our lives over again, but we can start afresh. It’s a new day! Open your curtains and let the sun in.  It’s time to wake up refreshed!  Imagine yourself taking a cool shower in a waterfall and you’re drying off with your feet on the warm sands of the beach.

It’s Your New Season! It’s time for us to come out of the valley and go to the top of the mountain and look at all the vastness of what’s ahead. Spring is the time of year when the earth refreshing, renews and restores, and we should do the same.

Now, I know what you are thinking… I have a very vivid imagination and real life just ain’t like that and you are right. BUT, we can’t allow ourselves to simply go back to busy without some thought.  At times, we are so very busy, but accomplishing so very little.  Maybe this is our opportunity to…

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1) REIMAGINE our Vision

2) REFINE our Goals

3) REENERGIZE our Plans

No one can limit us, we limit ourselves.  So, what’s standing in our way?  What are the mountains that we can’t climb?

Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain…

Isaiah 40:4

Some of you know my testimony, I never dreamed that I’d be able to leave Xerox (no, I’m not telling you to quit your job). I was 55 years old, and a career move at that age…  Are you kidding? 

But God opened a door…

Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

14 Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. 16 Hold firmly to the word of life… Philippian 12b-16a

Philippians 2:12b-16a

But, think about it, if you are listening to this podcast, you are surviving a pandemic, one day at a time. I heard a pastor say, “God will allow a famine, although we will try to pray it away, so that we are forced to move”. He will tell you where to go and you must stay where He puts you and He will provide and prosper you there”. Let’s stop settling for “I’m blessed, I woke up this morning and yes, thank God for that, and will never take that for granted, but God has so much more for us than just to wake up. He wants us to live abundantly and that does not necessarily mean with a lot of stuff.  What does “blessed” mean to you? We would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave us a comment.

Now I feel the need to say that you may be living your dream and this episode does not apply to you, then may I ask that you share that joy and encourage someone else to continue to strive to achieve their dream. 

Let Today be a New Beginning… not a Do-Over! 

It’s time to move forward and be sure to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying…

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