Starting a new chapter in life is one of the most exciting things to me; it presents new professional possibilities, new friendships and a way to a fresh start. Too often some of our past broken relationships and mistakes have a way of following us around like the proverbial dead albatross on our necks. A new beginning allows us to take the lessons we’ve learned with us and leave the dead albatross behind. While most of us are not likely to relocate and start a new life anytime soon, we’ll probably meet and engage someone today for the first time. That can be just the new beginning you and I need.
The longer I live the more I’m convinced that the most important assets I have are relationships. As I look in my life, the most rewarding days have been the ones shared with those whom I love. We don’t have to relocate in order to start a new chapter in my life. But I have to be aware that God gives us a new beginnings every time we meet someone new. During that first exchange I can choose to leave the dead albatrosses of failed relationships, marred friendships behind, and bring with me the lessons I’ve learned and start a new chapter together.
Today as you and I come face-to-face with a new beginning opportunity, we have a couple of choices to make. We can decide not to engage because we have been burned in the past by people, or that we have enough friends and choose to put our guard up or we can embrace the adventure that a new relationship offers and open our hearts. Even with the risk of failure, I hope we choose to jump in and allow God to use the best in us for something beautiful.
Are you open to a new beginning?