New beginnings

At Hood College, we just completed our first week of classes for the new school year. Many friends are also starting school soon or beginning new jobs.

Fall always brings about new beginnings for many of us, especially as students. Now I may be over-thinking a metaphor, but I find it interesting how fall is the beginning of the leaves falling and many things starting to die. So at the same time, there is an ending and a beginning.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2.

Who knows, maybe I am just being a romantic. But the point of this post is that we have to face new beginnings. And when new beginnings occur, we have to let go of the past in order to move forward.

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When life is tough

Let’s be honest, sometimes it feels like life is too hard to handle. Whether it is financial issues, family problems, health issues, relationships, losing a loved one, career problems, or anything else you can imagine, life always seems to pile up on us.

When life gets tough, sometimes we struggle to blindly trust God. But we cannot lose hope, because will never leave us or forsake us. “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those crushed in spirit” Psalm 34:17-18.

Currently, you may feel like you have been given the short stick in life, and that God has decided to pick on you. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” James 1:2-3.

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