The business plan you lead has bumped into obstacles. Funding is running out and profits are low.
Your marriage is on the rocks. It feels like you are strangers living in the same house, and you wonder how long this can last.
You have been promoted to an area requiring increased public relations. You know that you are an introvert and wonder how you can succeed.
When you look at situations, all you can see are the negative aspects. You worry that you’re becoming cynical.
Perhaps you can relate to one of these scenarios. Perhaps you cannot. But, do you ever feel stuck, that where you are is not where you want to be? You would change if you could, but you lack the expertise, personality, talent, or wisdom to move forward. Do you ever find yourself in a place as a result of a long, disappointing, even hurtful, line of decisions? The past and present seem hopeless. Can you really cut ties and make a better future?
There is hope.
No matter where you find yourself today, a fresh start is ALWAYS possible.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
(Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV)
The prophet Jeremiah wrote these words during the destruction of Jerusalem. God had allowed Babylon to conquer His people. Because of their on-going disobedience they were exiled from their homeland. And yet, in the midst of devastation and hopelessness, God reminded them of His steadfast love and mercy.
Every day is a brand new day when God’s mercy is present.
We are not stuck where we are, being someone we don’t want to be. In Christ we are new creatures in the process of becoming new. What we achieve is not determined by our level of intelligence or talent. What we become is not defined by our personality or set of leadership strengths. Where we end up is not decided by where we have been.
Whatever God has called you to be and do, His Holy Spirit will equip you. He is the Author and Master of your transformation.
God took Moses, who was timid and reluctant to answer His call, and transformed him into the greatest, most powerful leader of Israel.
God took Ruth, who was a foreigner and idol worshiper, and transformed her into a devoted God-follower included in the lineage of the Messiah.
God took Peter, who denied Jesus Christ three times in His hearing, and transformed him into an empowered apostle responsible for leading thousands of people to faith in Jesus Christ.
God took Paul, who was a zealous persecutor of the Church, and transformed him into an anointed leader and author of the majority of the New Testament.
God can give you creativity to think outside the box and address the obstacles in your business.
God can provide you courage to build love, respect, intimacy, and passion in your marriage.
God can develop you into an extroverted introvert, so that you are comfortable speaking and interacting with others.
God can help you cultivate a heart of gratitude and notice the blessings in life.
God can take you where you are and move you to where He wants you.
It’s time for a fresh start!