Ideas For A Fresh Start In Life
At the end of every year, I take time to evaluate the previous year and to pray for the year that is approaching. Because of this personal tradition, I decided to write about some new beginnings ideas for all of you. The last year has been a good year for me spiritually and in terms of ministry but also was a very tough year on me emotionally. Some of those tough issues were due to my own fault, and some were due to the fault people giving in to their human nature and not rising up beyond that. However casting blame, figuring out the reason others were motivated in certain ways, and only going so far as to figure out the reasons for something that happens to you is only part of the process of growth. I hope that this article will give you some insight on how you can discover some new beginnings ideas for yourself for your new year.
New beginnings Ideas For a Fresh Start
In order to have a new beginning you must desire to have a fresh start.
I know a lady that always ends her emails with a quote about new beginnings. It goes something along the lines of “Today is the first day of your new beginnings”. What I find sad about this is that for the last 10 years I have watched this lady go around in circles and not getting past a tragic incident in her past. She steps out, gets scared, and runs back to the safety of familiarity. Sometimes we get comfortable in our past. We get used to having strife, or sorrow, or even abuse in our life and those things become what feels normal to us. I remember a couple who continually lived in strife. When they did not have strife going on, they would insanely create strife in their life. They also either were hard of hearing or never learned how to take a breath and listen. I would watch them interrupt each other and every time they did, the volume level of the conversation would increase. They would be shouting at one another and not even realize it.
It is the same way when we desire to have a new beginning. We have to come to the point that we no longer will accept the comfort and familiarity of what we have grown accustomed to and will break the cycle of doing what we have done in the past. A recognition of where we are and where we really want to be has to happen. You have to desire the change from the inside out, not just follow a pretty quote or a good idea. To have a real new beginning, then you will have to have an inner change, an epiphany (revelation) so to say. Just this week, as I was dealing with the tough emotions of the past year, this is what happened to me. No I did not have a vision or hear audible voices, but it was that still small voice and the sense of peace when I realized that I had gone the extra mile, given my shirt of my back, to bring reconciliation and it was no longer up to me and that I was free to have a new beginning.
New beginning ideas start with good endings.
It may sound illogical but the way to start discovering your own new beginnings ideas is to start with tying up loose ends and resolving the things that are tying you to the past. That doesn’t mean that you have to make everything better, but instead it means that you have done your part to make things better. There is a difference. You cannot control what others do, or what has happened in your past. We cannot go back in time to fix things. But you can do your part to bring reconciliation. If people have hurt you, then write them a letter or make a phone call, letting them know they hurt you but that you forgive them and do not hold a grudge. You cannot move forward if you are emotionally looking back. If you failed at a job, or a project, then evaluate your part in the failure and give it to God. If you have lost somebody dear to you, then take the steps to go through the grief process rather than be stuck at one stage. Get involved with a Grief Share group in your community. If you have gone through the tragedy of divorce then take the steps to work through all the issues. There is a great organization that will help you with this called DivorceCare. I personally went through the program and it helped tremendously!
Before you can get good and healthy new beginning ideas, you have to have good and healthy endings. Take the time to do this step. I have personally learned by the school of hard knocks that if you don’t then you will end up going in circles.
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