Begin - One Good Word a Day


Forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

Isaiah 43:18-19

HERE WE ARE at the beginning of a new year. Everything feels so hopeful and fresh. We’re at the starting point where the possibilities of what could be are endless. For some of us, this is exciting, and for others it might feel overwhelming. I personally run the gamut of emotions, vacillating between excitement over the thought of something new and dread or even fear over what I might have to change.

I have a love/hate relationship with stepping outside my comfort zone. Often I’d like to just stay where I am. I sometimes need a nudge to push me to do a new thing, and a new year feels like a good time to do that. Many people love resolutions, but I’ve never been big on coming up with those. I get discouraged and usually quit when I inevitably break them, but I do like to have goals. Goals feel more attainable to me because I can mess up, try again, and still be in pursuit of my goal. Resolutions aren’t meant to be broken, while goals can ebb and flow throughout the year.

So whether you are someone who is excited about the possibility of this new beginning or a little trepidatious, I believe that God will start with us right where we’re at. God does not change, but he is always doing a new thing. Do we see it? He promises to make pathways through a wilderness and rivers in dry wasteland. These are things I’d love to have in my life. I just have to be willing enough to begin again, try something new, and set some goals.

Lord, thank you that you are always doing a new thing. Thank you that you bring things about for our good. Give us the eyes to see the new things you are doing in and through us and give us the courage to begin again with you. Amen.


One Good Step: Spend some time in prayer asking God what new things he’d like to do in your life this year. Then write them down.

From the Book:

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One Good Word a Day
By Kristin Demery, Kendra Roehl, and Julie Fisk

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