From End to Beginning

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” – Revelation 22:13 As we wrap up our discussion on faith, here’s an interesting thought for you to meditate on: God has already written the final chapter of your life. The Lord stands outside of time and He sees your story in its fullness. In fact, He writes from end to beginning and everything in-between is part of getting you to where He has destined you to be! Isn’t that a great thought?  Although you read a novel from start to finish, you always have the luxury of turning to the final chapter to see how it all turns out. While you don’t exactly have that option in life, knowing the character of the One writing the story enables you to get a glimpse of how it will end. In fact, because the

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Ending Well

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9 Yesterday, we talked about the necessity of endings and how living our best with Jesus will always require us to transition to new seasons. Today, I want to look at two easy — yet incorrect — ways we may be tempted to make such changes. Most of us, when faced with the unpleasant emotions demanded by closing a chapter, will choose to either fight or flight. That means we’ll end something in haste and anger or we’ll simply disappear; however neither one of these responses sets us up for success in the future. If we burn bridges and slam doors shut without regard for the people and relationships we leave behind, we might be plagued by regret later on. Even worse, because we

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Embrace Change

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1 As humans, we don’t like change. Therefore, we often fail to recognize and embrace the necessity of endings. Yet the truth is that if we want to be people who constantly press forward and grow into the good things God has for us, we will be faced with transitions that require us to intentionally close our current chapter. Though this is a natural part of life, the shifting of seasons inevitably brings feelings of loss and anxiety, so many of us shy away from it. When we seize change — whether it’s switching jobs, joining a new church, or walking away from a toxic relationship — it causes mixed emotions. As Christians, we know that God is constantly making things new, so when He leads us forward, it’s exciting. On the other

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