Just because we may have to get a calendar for a new year does not necessarily mean that we should hold off changing until January 1st. I know that many times we may set New Year’s resolutions, but how many of them do we see through until completion?
There have been so many changes that we have made in our lives that did not wait for January 1st. When did you sign an application to join emergency services or another organization? How about starting a new job, if the fire services is not your paying job? Did you have a discussion with your wife to make sure that the baby was born on January 1st? She would laugh.
So, you start to get the point. We have our clients who have to start new lives because of a house fire, or maybe a diagnosis from the doctor, or a love one died. We have people effected by tornados, wildland fires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. These are traumatic events that we have no choice over, but they are a new beginning. I know that the phrase that I was not wild about was that it was the “new normal”. When someone has something like these events in their life, that comment will be the last thing that they want to hear.
Think about the one person that you just had to rescue from their house and the only thing that they have is that bar of soap that they are clinging onto, or the slippers on their feet. They definitely have a new beginning, but it was thrust upon them.
We do have new beginnings that we can control. You control when you want to stop smoking, start exercising, stop drinking, stop using that substance, or behaving a certain way and get assistance. We do have control of so much in our lives; there are so many things that we do not realize we have control over, and then things that we have no control over.
There are many new beginnings each and every day. Some we are joyful for, others are full of sadness and despair. The one thing that I want to let you know is that you are not alone in this thing called life. There are people around you to assist you. They may not know what to do but they just may be there to talk with you. But you are not alone.
I have seen so many people who have gone through hell and back, who some people would see as crushed, but they made it through. They had someone, some people that they can rely on. No matter how challenging your new beginning is, remember that you always have God. He has never left you. He is here to listen to your praises and your gripes.
If you ever feel like griping to God, just read from the book of Psalms. Many of the writings are written like the author is coming to God with all their problems and then they get that moment of clarity, the V-8 moment. God is there, is the strength that can be drawn upon.
I wish that you all have the success in your new beginnings. Please don’t forget that the new beginning can be a minute from now. Remember the resources that you have, that you know about, and that you may discover resources that you never knew were right around you. Look for the inspiration. Listen to the whispers in the wind. Encouragement can come from anywhere at any time.
I know that this article is being read by the one person who needs encouragement at this particular time. Most people may not believe it, but this is an appointment from God. He wants to give you the strength in your deepest time. He wants to encourage you for your next step.