Today is a BRAND NEW day—a perfectly good reason to get up and start over. Never give up.
~Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes
Every morning when our eyes open, we start over. After the many thousands of days we’ve already experienced this, I would think the thought of starting over wouldn’t be so scary. Yet somehow, it is often quite terrifying.
I’ve been in this situation so many times in my life I’ve lost count. Giving up drugs and alcohol almost 2 decades ago was one of the biggest new beginnings of my past. A painful divorce ranks up there with my most difficult starting over memories as well.
Today, my addiction to sugar causes me to start over at least once a week as I continue to fight its overwhelming hold on me. Can you relate?
Here’s the good news: we are not completely starting from zero every time. Just like the flowers that burst forth in spring from what seems like absolutely nothing, we have roots. Those roots give each new beginning incredible power to bloom stronger and more beautiful than ever before.
The most important lesson I continue to learn is in order to start over successfully, I must be rooted in Christ. By spending time with Him, regrouping at each crossroad or even just praying for a few moments each morning, these dawns bring a brighter light than I could ever create on my own.
And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
~Colossians 2:6-7 (NLT, emphasis added)
Whether you’re starting over after a food binge from last night, years of alcohol and drug addiction, or a weekend capsized in bed with depression, I can truly relate. Perhaps your struggle is completely different from mine. Regardless, the way to start over is the same.
Just put one foot in front of the other and walk a new path. We must forgive ourselves for any past mistakes, repent, and move forward in a healthier way.
God can deliver us and shine His light on that new path if we let Him. We “will overflow with thankfulness” as we release those old strongholds that no longer serve us.
It’s never too late for us thanks to Jesus. We are forgiven. If God can still use me to share my story in this space after all the sins of my past, there is hope for anyone.
He graciously released me from years of drug and alcohol addiction, crippling anxiety and depression, and many more struggles I never imagined I would find even a small bit of freedom from. This doesn’t mean I will never fight these issues again. I must choose daily not to take a drink or crawl in my bed and let the sadness win.
Today, I continue to start over with making healthy food choices. But again, I’m not starting at zero or alone. I’m rooted in Him and have all the lessons of my past to help me continue to fight the good fight.
Just as my gorgeous backyard red roses bloom brighter and thicker after the yearly snow is long gone, I find renewed endurance with each new step towards a healthy lifestyle. Every time I begin again is from a bolder place further along my path.
Do you need to start over today? Remember this is part of every beautiful journey. There’s no need to ever see starting over as a failure, no matter how many times it happens. New beginnings should be filled with hope, not dread. We never know what amazing adventures God will lead us into!