July 9 – Begin

“I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].” -Philippians 1:6 [AMP]

Several years ago, I found myself golfing for the first time. Other than mini-putting I never took the time to complete a proper golf game. With some borrowed clubs, and a few pointers the golf score didn’t turn out to bad! Perhaps beginner’s luck? Over the years I can’t seem to match my initial golf score, but all it required of me was to try, to start, to begin something new.

Sometimes starting is the hardest part.

Like a plane that speeds down the runway, the craft takes a slow ascent upwards into a limitless sky. As flying requires leaping, propelling yourself forward, beginning may be all you need to do before taking off.

All good things take time, and all things have a beginning. Each day can be assumed as a new beginning. We’ve never lived this day before. We plan, but in essence, we aren’t positive what will pop up.

So, what prevents us from starting, recovering, healing? Beginnings can be filled with unknowns, fears, uncertainties and what ifs. Perhaps we fear we won’t get it perfect the first time. I’m reminded: there will always be a failure. Our lives can show us this. Yet, when we fail, we have learned much.

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

We were created to start anew. Another chance given through grace. Our beginnings found in the God of second chances.

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis

We choose to begin, because we were made to grow. A caterpillar doesn’t stay in its cocoon. A seed is not designed to stay in the soil. Life tells us to grow. To begin again.

“But the seed planted in the good earth represents those who hear the Word, embrace it, and produce a harvest beyond their wildest dreams.” – Mark 4: 20 MSG

So, we choose to run this race called life. With the grit to stop, start, fail, yet begin again. For we were created for the long-distance race, not the sprint.

So, dare to:

“Out there things can happen, and frequently do,
To people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don’t worry, don’t stew. Just go right along, you’ll start happening too!”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Further Reading:

“Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren’t smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it? Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing? It is not yet a total loss, but it certainly will be if you keep this up!” – Galatians 3: 2-4 MSG

“You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally.” – 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 MSG

4 Replies to “July 9 – Begin”

  1. Loved the CS Lewis quote re you can change the ending – BUT sooo often, the first step is the hardest. Thanks, Britt

  2. Thanks Brittany: I’m reading the book of Galatians at the moment and Paul certainly talks about starting. It is hard to start something new, especially these days. It is easier to just stay on the path we’ve been following.

  3. Starting is ALWAYS the most difficult step towards any goal…I have been starting many times to reach my goal in weight loss..as long as I keep starting I’ll reach it..
    Thank you Brittany

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