Don't you love new beginnings?

Don’t you love new beginnings?

Beginnings.  “I love how you just go for it! Look at all the stuff you’re doing,” my friend said during our girl time the other night.

“Humph,” I grunted. “Don’t let me fool you, Sharon.  I am a great starter, not so great finisher. I am more easily distracted than Narcissi in a room full of mirrors.”

It’s true. It’s not that I don’t finish anything~ incredibly, in spite of many false starts, I do manage to see the finish line on some projects. But I still start and stop more things than I should.  Websites. Blogs. Business ideas. Stories. Diets. Exercise plans. You get the idea. It is a character issue I am continually working on and I believe I am seeing improvement. It’s just that I really love beginning!

If you look at my side of the bed you will find no less than ten books scattered around. How many started? Ten. How many finished? I’m still working on it. Each one sounded so good that I had to take a peek, give it a start…until the next one caught my attention.  And so it goes…

That is probably one of the reasons I love celebrating New Year’s Day ~ it’s a beginning, the start of a new year. Never one to look back, I am much happier leaping forward.  It’s so exhilarating to dream and plan all the great things I am going to do ~ that is, if God is willing (see my previous post!).

But this year I think it would be wise to pause before I begin, take a minute to reflect on the last year and how it went. What went right? What could have been better? Am I a better person today than I was a year ago? Did I finish well?

I still can’t wait to begin 2013, with my dreams and plans in tow; though I hope to begin with a little more intentionality, a little more focus. What about you? Do you embrace beginnings or do you find it hard to start? Is there something you need to start this year or is there something you need to finish?

An excerpt from my reading this morning was ever so timely, written in a letter by Brother Lawrence, a Carmelite monk, in 1685:

He (God) knows what we can do, so let us then begin. Perhaps He expects but one generous resolution on your part. Have courage. We have little time to live (you are near sixty-four, and I am almost eighty.) Let us live and die with God.

Oh, Brother Lawrence, how relevant your words are today! Friends, as we turn the calendar page to 2013, let us remember to number our days and let us begin!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17


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One Response to Beginnings

  1. Sharon says:

    OK, I’m just gonna say it again – I STILL think you are an amazing person, who does (and accomplishes) many things! You inspire me!

    I might just mention that you once again provided me with my Word for 2013. Last year, when you said “overcome” in a random conversation, I knew it was what God wanted me to hear. This year, in our last girl time, you mentioned the word *direction* – bingo, I just knew that was the word. (I blogged about it yesterday – 1/1, “In the Sock Drawer”)

    Thinking along those lines, let me answer your very thought-provoking questions:

    Do you embrace beginnings or do you find it hard to start?

    I find it terribly hard to start. I am the procrastinating queen! I second-guess, I get discouraged, I have fear and insecurity, I just plain get tired. Running the race? Did the starter’s gun go off???

    Is there something you need to start this year or is there something you need to finish?

    Well, that’s what I’m asking God for – for direction in this area. What does He want me to start? What do I need to finish? (If you say unpacking, I’ll punch you…)

    Hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Looking forward to sharing our journeys in 2013!


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