I love new beginnings. The start of a new school year, spring flowers and blooms, the beginning of summer, birthdays, and the new year. I make resolutions at each new year, as well as at the mark of each corner rounded, but I feel like it's the same song, different station... My new resolutions are never really new.
When I was filling out the pages of my new Mom Agenda planner (thanks, Linds), the quote of the week jumped out at me:
"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning,
but anyone can start
and make a new ending."
So, I've been thinking, what does that mean for my life? Where do I want this to go? How do I want this to end?
I keep thinking about my "Streams in the Desert" days of college and ministry and the verse that inspired those thoughts, Isaiah 43:19 from the Message:
Be alert, be present.
I'm about to do something brand-new.
It's bursting out! Don't you see it?
There it is! I'm making a road through the desert,
rivers in the badlands.
The verse before that one talks about forgetting the "former," the "old history." I do believe that there is value in taking inventory of where I am and where I've been, but I must stop dwelling in my "history" of shortcomings. Lord, please do a new thing in me this year.
"Happiness is not a station you arrive at,
but a manner of traveling."
~Margaret Lee Runbeck