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.

There is a line from one of my favorite Stephen Sondheim musicals, “Merrily We Roll Along” where the main character says, “You’ve gotta have endings, or there wouldn’t be beginnings, right?”

God makes it clear in the Bible to not look back on our past with regret or longing. “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” Isaiah 43: 18-19.

At my church in Westminster we had a guest pastor, Rick Lairsey, speak a few weeks ago. He spoke all about moving on, and focused completely on Genesis 11:26- 32.

Now if you have your Bible with you, look it up or Google it. In glancing, it looks very unimportant and that there is nothing to take away from it. But using that passage, he made me think so much and really convicted me to stop looking back at my past.

Jesus made it very clear: “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God” Luke 9:62. If that doesn’t clear everything up, I don’t know what does!

In this new beginning, whether it is a new semester or a new job, do not look back to what was or what could have been. “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:13-14.

And once you let go of your past mistakes and regrets, you can focus on this new journey you are on! “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'” Jeremiah 29:11.

I want to wish everyone an amazing semester, and if you are already out of school, I pray God will bless you wherever you are at in your life journey.

If you want to talk more or have a prayer request, email me at kellieid@aol.com

Here is the sermon by Rick Lairsey about moving on:

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