A New Beginning

     One of my favorite scriptures is Philippians 3:13 - 14, which in part reads: ". . . . forgetting those things which are behind . . . . I press toward the goal . . . . "

     One of God's glorious gifts to mankind is to bestow a new beginning upon him with the beginning of each new day, each new week, each new month or even, each new year. There are new beginnings with a promotion, pay increase, new job or being healed from the ravages of a crippling or incurable disease. Still others, as in my case, experience a new beginning with the exchange of vows and rings with a new bride, and their lives become as one in a beautiful wedding. Many people experience a new beginning in various ways.

     But, what does one do with a new beginning? As one stands at the gate, with doubtful and exciting hand draws aside the curtain and peers into the unknown, and getting ready, fearfully or full of excitement, to step across the threshold of a beckoning opportunity.

                                       "Through many dangers, toils and snares 

                                       We have already come,

                                       'Twas grace that brought us safe thus far,

                                        And grace will lead us home."

     Gazing at the far horizons we wonder what the coming days and months may bring. We look at the past volume of 365 days. The pages may be marred, some are torn by good intentions, yet we are excited to start the upward climb of new opportunities.

     Yet it is our nature to want to live in the yesterdays of life. We would rather relive the strife's, the heartaches and stumbling steps than to face the uncertain mountain ahead.

     "Old Past, let go, and drop in the sea! Till fathomless waters cover thee; For I am living, but thou art dead; Thou drawest back, I strive ahead The Day to find. Thy shell unbind! Night comes behind, I needs must hurry with the wind And trim me best for sailing."

      Standing at the parting of the ways, there is a choice to make, some road to take, we must consider which. How is it we intend to live? Will it be repetitious of the past? Shining destinies are ahead! We must keep our eyes upon Jesus as we face new opportunities and new beginnings. A new mountain top experience is just ahead!

     Just A Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don


 Updated November 29, 2009
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