“I am about the do a new thing,now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert…”
Sometimes, we all need to start over. Fresh. New. Begin Again!
A friend of mine sent this little piece to me years ago. It is a wonderful piece that lays out what we need to do to get a fresh start – forgive ourselves, forgive others, let go of the baggage and move on with new insight. Seasoned soldiers in the game of life understand this (most do, anyway!) But this is also good news for young people. So often, young people’s dreams are stifled and snuffed out because they are led to believe that they have messed up so horribly — all is lost!
All is never lost. We may be thrown off course. We may even have to get a new course, a new plan, a new dream. But as God does not give up on us and ever calls us toward a new day, so must we not give up on God’s ability to make all things new!
I press toward the mark…
You are never to old for a fresh start.
For that matter, you are never to young. either.
Begin again! Begin anew! Morning breaks with fresh insight when you decide within yourself to let go of the night.
Leaving the City of Regret
by Larry Harp
I had not really planned on taking a trip this time of year, and yet I found myself packing rather hurriedly. This trip was going to be unpleasant, and I knew in advance that no real good would come of it. I’m talking about my annual “Guilt Trip.”
I got tickets to fly there on Wish I Had airlines. It was an extremely short flight.
I got my baggage, which I could not check. I chose to carry it myself all the way. It was weighted down with a thousand memories of what might have been.
No one greeted me as I entered the terminal to the Regret City International Airport. I say international because people from all over the world come to this dismal town.
As I checked into the Last Resort Hotel, I noticed that they would be hosting the year’s most important event, the Annual Pity Party. I wasn’t going to miss that great social occasion. Many of the town’s leading citizens would be there.
First, there would be the Done family, you know, Should Have, Would Have and Could Have.
Then came the I Had family. You probably know ol‘ Wish and his clan.
Of course, the Opportunities would be present, Missed and Lost.
The biggest family would be the Yesterday’s. There are far too many of them to count, but each one would have a very sad story to share.
Then Shattered Dreams would surely make an appearance. And It’s Their Fault would regale us with stories (excuses) about how things had failed in his life, and each story would be loudly applauded by Don’t Blame Me and I Couldn’t Help It.
Well, to make a long story short, I went to this depressing party knowing that there would be no real benefit in doing so. And, as usual, I became very depressed.
But as I thought about all of the stories of failures brought back from the past, it occurred to me that all of this trip and subsequent “pity party” could be cancelled by ME!
I started to truly realize that I did not have to be there. I didn’t have to be depressed. One thing kept going through my mind, I CAN’T CHANGE YESTERDAY, BUT I DO HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE TODAY A WONDERFUL DAY.
I can be happy, joyous, fulfilled, encouraged, as well as encouraging. Knowing this, I left the City of Regret immediately and left no forwarding address.
Am I sorry for mistakes I’ve made in the past? YES! But there is no physical way to undo them.
So, if you’re planning a trip back to the City of Regret, please cancel all your reservations now.
Instead, take a trip to a place called, Starting Again. I liked it so much that I have now taken up permanent residence there.
My neighbors, the I Forgive Myselfs and the New Starts are so very helpful. By the way, you don’t have to carry around heavy baggage because the load is lifted from your shoulders upon arrival.
God bless you in finding this great town. If you can find it, it’s in your own heart.
Please look me up. I live on I Can Do It Street.