I am not sure which is harder — beginnings or endings.

 And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings. ~ Meister Eckhart

As we begin a new year, we may be starting on new journey’s — it may be a personal transformation, it may be a professional transition or there may be a commitment in our life that we want to make a priority in 2014. Beginnings or changes can be hard.  I know the one thing that makes it hard for me  is fear.

Every year to help with that I think of three words that lead me and guide me to accomplish my goals.  But the fear still seems to creep in.

However, focusing on what you want to do for the year, and with the love and support of family, friends, and God – anything is possible.  We need to remember that when we begin something, it may not always turn out the way we want.  Even if we mess up, we can always start again, right where we are.  That’s grace.

And where we are right now will not be where we will end up.

Bible Story

In Genesis we read “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.”

That’s how God started.  When there was complete and utter darkness, when the world was a formless void God created light.

God did not end with the light.  God created the world and all that is in it.  God created you and me!!

Everything that exists has a beginning story. . . including you.  What is your story?

We were born, throughout our life we have many beginnings — school, work, relationships, experiences  and faith.

Faith has a starting point as well — where does your story begin?


This week think about beginnings, think about a project you want to accomplish this week or this year and take a picture of it.  If you want to lose weight this year, take a picture of a scale, if you want to go paperless take a picture of the piles of paper you want to get rid of, if you need to do a bunch of laundry this week, take a picture of the pile of clothes.

Whatever beginning you are ready to embark upon, share it.

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3 thoughts on “Begin

  1. Beginnings. Pertinent to me right now! I sense a calling to do a work and it seems when I pursue a direction God pulls me in another. He has a plan and I am trying to open myself to His guidance. Starting a scholarship opportunity for Catholic elementary school children in Phoenix to become published authors and artists and receive a fine arts scholarship. This work is to motivate and encourage them to express their spirituality, love of God and what they are learning about their Catholic faith artistically.

    I know this is a “beginning” of something wonderful. I have plans of where I would like to see it go but my God is in charge. I just need to listen and obey.

  2. Thank you Patty for sharing. It sounds like God is calling you to do good work for so many people. It sounds like a beginning of something special and important. I think opening yourself to what God is calling you to do is important and it sounds like you are doing it!! Great things are to come!

  3. Praise the LORD.. Thank you Pastor Joe for creating this blog for spiritual Growth.. we keep praying for you and your family in LORDs presence,,

    Pastor Kota INDIA

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