New Beginnings

I love new beginnings. Every day we have another chance to start fresh. Every week we face a new set of challenges. And once a month we have an opportunity to look at the income statement, bank balance, or calendar and make changes. We all love a new car, a new house, or new clothes, even though we realize that the newness quickly fades away. However, a new relationship, a marriage, or a birth is a special kind of new beginning. Each brings with it the promise of hope and the shadow of disappointment.

Every January 1st is special. This year, it is not the start of a new millennium, a new century, or even a new decade, but it does initiate a brand new year that we will only live one time. For a few days or even weeks, we have the unique opportunity to begin again, to start all over, and to make a fresh beginning. It can be a time of remembering the past, some of which harbors failures. We must learn from the past (or we will make those mistakes again), but we cannot live there. It is also a time of looking toward the future with all of its hopes, dreams, and questions. We must realize that choices of today will affect our future, but our focus must be on today.

So today, we can begin anew with renewed focus, intention, and hope. The pleasures and good times of the holidays have been enjoyable, but we must now adjust the direction of our thoughts and our steps. It is a time to look beyond what we see and get God’s perspective. It should be a time of meditation, thoughtful planning, and prayer. The Bible says that God’s mercies are new every morning. We can try to discipline our physical bodies, direct our families, manage our finances, control our schedule, govern our businesses, master our job or profession, and restrain our desires. Or we can submit all of these areas to God for His direction. Either we seek to be the master of our ship, or we realize that there is an experienced captain who can guide us through our lives.

God wants to help us begin again. He wants to give us a fresh start. He promises to give us a new heart and a new spirit. He wants to renew our mind, our strength, our knowledge, and our inner person. He wants to do this each day if we will only look to Him for guidance and direction through His word and prayer. He wants us to have a second chance in “the land of beginning again.” Have you ever made a mistake as a parent, on the job, in your finances, or in relationships? Of course, we all have! Well, we can learn from those and start again.

Over the last few years, I have left a company after twenty-eight years and started a new one. I have made investments in other businesses and broadened my business background in several areas. My wife and I wrote two books, did radio interviews, and tried new things that we have never done before. Then I took a job of directing a ministry organization and have traveled all over the world. I have met many new people, gone to some new places, and faced some new challenges. Now it’s time to begin again.

“The faithful love of
the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh
each morning.”

Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT)

We never know how long we have on this earth. Some friends and family are no longer with us that were here just a few months ago. They would tell us that life is more like grass than trees; it is brief. Death is universal, time is short, life is fragile, and we must redeem the time. We don’t have time to grieve over the past, or to worry about the future; we only have today. So let us journey to “the land of beginning again”, and start down the road of a new year with all of its hopes and dreams. In the cycle of life, we are given a few chances to start over. Don’t miss the opportunity to start fresh again.

Starting a fresh year,

Kent Humphreys

Some “New Year” questions to ponder:

  1. What areas of your life would you like to start again? Why?
  2. What are some new books that you want to read this year (or an old one to re-read)?
  3. What new places do you want to visit or old places to re-visit? Have you scheduled these yet?
  4. What old friend would you like to have a meal with? When will you do it?
  5. Who are the people with whom you want to schedule regular time? Why?
  6. What regular or special times will you schedule with your family?
  7. How often will you review your finances? What changes do you need to make?
  8. What are your physical “goals”? How will you attain them?
  9. What dreams do you want to follow this year?
  10. What old harmful attitudes do you want to discard? How will you do that? Who will help you?
  11. What are some of your spiritual needs? How will you meet them? Who will help you?
  12. What times will you set aside each day, week, and month during the year to assess your progress and refocus your energies and thoughts?
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About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

One Response to New Beginnings

  1. Guy Madison says:

    Hey Kent, although I read many of your posts, this one really resonated with me. It was very encouraging, especially as I have chosen to embark on a huge new adventure myself. Thanks for your wisdom and insight. God speaks clearly to me through you!

    Hope to get with you soon! Let me know when you have some time for lunch.
    Guy

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