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A new beginning

Posted at 4:32 PM Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Written by Stuart Hamm

The road to a successful life is full of reset buttons and new beginnings. I have said many times that being successful has a cost.

This cost is work. It takes work to have a successful marriage, it takes work to be financially successful, it takes work to succeed in education, it also takes work.

This job will have visitors from time to time: disappointments, failures of various components, delays in many deliveries, and the list goes on.

Because the vision is so close to our heart, disappointments, setbacks, and delays can have a profound effect on us, even causing a person to give up.

The apostle Paul encountered the same thing on all three of his missionary journeys. According to him, he had many disappointments

2 Corinthians 12:16v. it seems that most of them actually come from his peers. To showcase one of Paul’s many new starts,

Philippians 33:13v. shows Paul’s message to the church in Philippi.

He basically said that he refused to let the disappointments, failures and delays he experienced in his ministry to imprison him and that what was done in the past no longer deserved his attention, he focused on the present and the future.

Relationships; be it family, friends or even work colleagues can cause problems. These areas can be very challenging at times, and sometimes we put more into a relationship than we get out. Many times we are ready to pull the plug, throw in the towel, or even end the relationship.

I have said many times that I never make a decision in the heat of the moment. Operating on emotions can and will cause many regrets in the future. We must remember that it takes less effort to ruin a relationship than to fix it.

Philippians 33:13v. was Paul’s reset button and it gave him a fresh start mentally.

In our special projects, we may find ourselves hitting the same reset button or making the same new starts.

Reset buttons and fresh starts are not scary things. It is better to have them and finish than not to have them and give up.

As we look into the New Year, many make New Year’s resolutions. Someone keeps them, and someone breaks them. However, the first part of the new year can be that reset button that gets you back on track.

The book is called “The Little Engine That Could” it’s a grassroots story that teaches the values ​​of what hard work and perseverance will bring. Such a simple story with a priceless meaning that can serve as a great reset button.

You will never reach your goal if you quit. If you need reset buttons or fresh starts to keep the momentum going, grab whatever you need.

Stuart Hamm Sr. is a pastor at New Growth Unlimited Ministries, Inc. in Aurora.

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