Ever need a good old-fashioned “do over?”
Good, cause I was a little worried that I’d be the only one. You see, as humans, well, we do some crazy things at times. As my Pastor said today, “We’re all either broken and messed up, recovering from being broken and messed up, or one dumb decision away from being broken and messed up.” Yep. That sums up the human race.
Enter God’s grace and mercy.
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lam. 3:22&23
On my short run this evening, I thought about ways to give yourself the freedom to begin again. Just start over fresh and leave the past behind. Of course, the past will creep up on you. But that’s when we lay it at Jesus’ feet.
For today, I wanted to give you 6 ideas for starting fresh: EMBARK. For those times you really need a “do-over.”
1. E- Evaluate the situation to find a new beginning point.
The last half marathon I ran in the spring didn’t go so well. But I signed up for a fall half marathon so that’s my new beginning. Choose a point where you can begin anew. This may mean throwing out, discarding, trashing, ditching or all of the aforementioned.
2. M- Make a move towards that goal- no matter how small the move.
Let’s say my decision to start fresh is to begin praying more for my children. Then I take a step to follow through on that decision. It could be setting my phone reminders to help me remember to do it. It could be setting up a prayer journal to keep me accountable. No matter the goal, immediately take a step towards that goal.
3. B- Believe in your new beginning.
If you’re carrying on the past along with you in a tidy little messenger bag, then you may not fully believe in this new start. Leave the past behind and believe that you can change through the power of God who works in you!
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Rom. 8:37
4. A- Analyze the differences between this start and the last one.
Maybe on the last effort, you had too much interference in your life and the people or issues caused the lack of success. Perhaps you needed more support from the people you love. Find a positive way to see that the new start is going to present new opportunities because things are different.
What we think becomes what we do and who we are.
but his delight is in the instruction of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:2
By focusing our minds on God’s Word, our energy to begin again swells.
6. K- Keep your mind open to the possibilities.
Occasionally we get in a holding pattern. One particular issue my husband and I endured for years was difficult to overcome because of the lack of opportunity. We felt hemmed in to the situation and couldn’t find a way to begin again in this particular area. But one day my husband formulated an idea that he thought ‘might’ work regarding the situation. And I’m here to tell you today that it DID work! Even though it was a bit difficult and took more time than we wanted- it worked! God’s plan always has the perfect timing.
And now I’d love to know:
What ideas do you have for starting fresh?