As spring begins to take over our thoughts we begin to look around us with anticipation. New beautiful flowers. The changing of the grass from brown to green. The tree branches are swelling with new leaves ready to burst out at any time. The sunshine takes on a new intensity and brings warmth to the day. New life…new hope. A time to reflect on the past year and plan with anticipation for this new year.
This year there are also new relationships, new hopes and new dreams. I have no idea where all of this will ultimately lead but I am excited to see God moving in new and fresh ways.
But just as spring comes and new life emerges to awaken the world around us…there is still evidence of the past gone by. What we see coming to life around us is simply a byproduct of the past…the beautiful and the ugly. As our lives continue to grow and produce new fruit…it is influenced by our past but not controlled by it. We were created to be so much more than that which entangles us. The whispers of the past are just that…the past! What lies ahead of us brings life and offers us freedom! Things are new and fresh, last year is behind us. If you stop to stare at the past, you will stop moving ahead on the path of life. “It’s a journey”, my wife has told me a million times. Its true, and I need to embrace it, to run after it.
There is something that lies ahead of each of us which excites us. There is adventure. There is opportunity. There is hope. There is risk…. Don’t let the RISK cripple us.
We have a choice to make. I have a choice to make. The choice is to stay in the familiar zone of comfort…or to step out in faith and pursue the adventure and passion we have carried so long in our heart.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (New International Version)