“The Old has Gone, the New has Come….”

Life, in its very nature, is full of new beginnings. New births, new years, new seasons, new growth and development, new relationships, new schools, new jobs, new homes…life is full of “new,” all of which can be exciting and hopeful, but also scary, uncertain and intimidating. God created us for change. He knew we would be born sinners, and his heart’s desire is that we change. He even sent his only son to die so that we would change, so that we would have a new beginning. Yes, there are many new beginnings on this journey called life, but our ultimate beginning is the moment we accept salvation through Jesus Christ. That is when our real journey begins, that is when we really start living.

Jesus makes all things new, which allows room for Him to pour into us his spirit and wisdom. We are new creations when we accept him as our savior (2 Corinthians 5: 17) and we embark on a new beginning as a believer in Christ. But our new beginnings don’t stop there. We are constantly being faced with change, new situations or new paths to go on in our journeys. As in one of our writer’s story, God sometimes gives us new beginnings in order to end old ones that are unhealthy. Another writer describes how her unexpected new beginning brought her a renewed desperation for strength in Christ. God often places us in new situations to stretch our faith and help us grow spiritually. More often than not, we do not want the change in situations that brings about the start to a new chapter, but God does not place us on a new path without walking down it with us. In Joshua 1: 9 God asks, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” As you read the articles in our August issue, remember that when you come face to face with a fresh start, an unexpected change, or a much prayed for new beginning, our God promises that He will be there to bring your life to a perfect and completed end (Philippians 1:6). And while everything around us is in a constant state of change, one thing will always remain the same…Jesus. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” Hebrews 13: 8

 

Carissa Hardage