The end of a thing is better than its beginning; the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Every ending signals a beginning, and a new beginning brings a former matter to a close.
The diploma signifies a farewell to academia and ushers in a new reality of full-time employment. A wedding marks the end of singlehood and opens up a future of mutual, loving submission.
When we place our trust in Jesus, an ending occurs. Our old man – with his sinful attitudes and actions – passes away. We are mysteriously made a brand-new creation as we embark on this faith adventure full of hope and promise (2 Corinthians 5:17).
If we pay attention, we see that every one of these situations involves the process. A graduation, a marriage ceremony, and a salvation experience are captured in one moment in time, but living out these new beginnings is a journey. And like every journey, it carries its disappointments and delights, triumphs and tragedies, healing and heartaches.
If the new beginning looks different than you expected, be encouraged. Don’t be so focused on the somewhere-out-there that you lose sight of the here-and-now blessings. When we invite Jesus into every moment, He becomes a Friend Who walks through the fire beside us, Who heals our hurts, Who shares our joys, and Who teaches us the lessons that lead to life everlasting.
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you walk every moment in the presence of Jesus to know the riches of His glory and the hope that never disappoints.
Today's Bible Reading:
Psalms & Proverbs