When you want to start over (and a free printable)

Originally published Wednesday, 29 October 2014.

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)

White paint swirled the words at the entrance to a wedding: 

Welcome to our beginning.

Four words that imply so much: 

the start of a new story, 

forgiveness of the past, 

hope for the future. 

They were just words on a sign, but a part of my soul jumped when I read those words, and my mind rushed to 2 Corinthians 5:17:

You are a new creation. 

Your old life is gone. 

You have a new beginning.

Growing up I always applied this verse to people who had just met God. As if the right to start over can only happen once, but the more I think about it, the more I think that God’s invitation to begin again is not a one-time offer. 

Every day God invites me to believe that he is changing me and that he can help me create a new life. 

I forget this often because often life feels like the middle of a play. 

I have so little grace for myself, I expect myself to play a part perfectly the first time, and give the Director of my life very little space to shout, “Cut! Let’s take that again.”

I’ve been thinking about how different my life would look if I gave myself permission to begin fresh every day. 

What if I believed nothing in my past was too big for God to redeem? (tweet this)

What if every morning I woke up and accepted the fresh mercies God offers to become a new person?

What if every day I accepted God’s invitation to join him in a new beginning?

They were just words on a sign for a wedding but what if I saw them as an invitation from God to me? 

Welcome to our beginning.

Ponder: Would you like a do-over of your life or even just today? 

Prayer: God, thank for your inviting me to begin again. Help me to live differently from yesterday and accept your fresh mercies for today.

P.S. Pics in this post are from our wedding a few years back. 

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I’ve created a free printable for you to download, print out and see every day. Just a small reminder that God invites us to join him in starting fresh every day. 

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