It can feel like being a hamster on a wheel, round and round and round. We work to do the right thing and we make a mistake. We feel like we have a problem behind us and then it hits us right between the eyes. We have aspirations of doing good and Monday comes. We have a goal of improving and we can end up feeling worse than when we started – at least that’s how we feel.
It can be hard to start again. Even when what we are doing is not good, we can become locked in the sequence – a captive to the usual. To completely change course can be more than challenging. It requires constant effort. And because it requires such constant attention, we can get off course. When we go the wrong way, it can even take time to get back where we know we need to be. This applies to so many areas of our lives – from spirituality to finances to our health to our attitudes. We want to do right. We have a vision of what is better and good. We just don’t always get it right. And sometimes we end up having to start again…and again…and again.
How many times can we start again? How often do we get fresh starts? How many new beginnings are there? We get…as many as it takes. As long as we are beginning again, we are making progress. We are finding new life. We are becoming more like the person we were created. When we continue to get up and try again, we are learning and growing. We are given the opportunity to start again because we are loved by a God of new starts. He offers us new life. He offers us new joys we haven’t even seen or experienced.
Maybe today is your next new start. Once more, get up and let’s go. Good awaits.
15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
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