Rev. Paul's Inspirational Message
"Starting Over"
How do we start over? How do we begin again after we have ended a relationship or a season of our lives? How do we start again after loss or change or transition in our lives? These are important questions to ask ourselves these days, for we are on the threshold of a new world and a new season in our lives. In times like these, we must answer some critical questions before moving forward into the new normal. The first question we should ask ourselves is, what does God want from us in this new season? It is essential to seek the will of God before moving forward into the unknown. We must place our hands in God’s hands, so we may be led into the new reality God has in store for us.
The second thing we must do is assess what was not working in the old order of things. What needs to change for us to be effective in our living and serving in this new season? The third thing we need to do to move forward is realize everything that happens in life, God allows, and all things work together for us as God’s children. God may not have caused it, but God allowed it. So, we must discern how the changes that God allowed to happen in our lives will work for our good and God’s glory. Never forget, the plans God has for your life are for your good. Always remember, God wants to give you a future with hope.
Finally, this is the season to make change happen! It is not the time to let the change happen to you. It is time to take the reins God has placed in your hands and become an agent of the change God is striving to bring about. Rev. Eugene Gray said these words, “You can always begin again… rock bottom doesn’t mean anything to God because God made the rock.” Let us take these words as instruction. We can start over. No matter where we are on our journey, no matter what point we are on the path, no matter how far we are along the way. Let us each claim this season for a new beginning in our lives.
Starting Anew,
Rev. Paul
Rev. Paul Hobson Sadler, Sr., Senior Pastor
Mt. Zion Congregational Church, United Church of Christ
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