Starting all over again is painful! It doesn’t matter whether you are six or sixty years old! I am the son of a preacher man and clearly know about the struggle of starting all over again. By the time I was 19, I had lived in 10 different cities! I would just start to make a few new friends and get settled into a routine when the dreaded word, “moving” would be mentioned.
There was a small element of excitement about moving on, but it was always suffocated by the fear of the unknown. It seems I always had a big target on your back as the new kid on the block combined with being a preacher’s kid. I always felt like I was on the outside looking in
In the midst of packing and unpacking boxes, GOD gave me a love for sports. It was my outlet to dump my frustrations. GOD also gave me just enough talent to quickly get some respect from the kids around me as I started all over again in a new place. What I lacked in talent, I sure made up for it in determination to shut others up! It sure seems to be that no matter the age, there are countless people these days that are dealing with the painful struggle of starting all over again. It could be a divorce, a job loss or a death. You may feel right now like you are walking up a mountain with the wind & rain blowing directly at you!
Here are a few steps to make the walk up the mountain a little easier.
This is painful time of being broken. You must take an inventory of your pain and not ignore it. It’s like a bad toothache. You can numb the pain, but the problem isn’t going away until you deal with it head on!
Put the pieces back together. Yes, the experience will leave scars, but those scars will be a constant reminder that your faith, family and friends were a constant source of strength.
In order to start coming out of those dark days, we must become renewed. We can never get going again without a renewed spirit and an attitude of determination. Isaiah 40:31 says, “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Don’t allow this pain to be permanent. Instead, use the pain to make you a better person and not a bitter person! GOD didn’t bring you this far to leave you! He has brought you through tough times before and he promises to do it all over again! My challenge to you is keep pressing on! GOD is not through with you yet! The race isn’t over!