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Topic: Beginnings (05/31/04)
TITLE: And we could live happily ever after…
By Bronwyn Johnson
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An unfinished jersey is resting in my knitting basket and a whole bookshelf of unfinished novels. I have started so many things and then lost interest. It reminds me of life. God started each of us as a brand new story. He created each person with their own “Once upon a time…” He gave us all unique talents and a destiny in life and then He left the rest open for us to finish. He never lost interest. He simply gave us the freedom to fill in the empty spaces. We have our corners and our sides but the middle is open. Pieces of our lives are sprawled across the table and, until we see the whole picture, we will not fully understand our purpose.
We live our lives as a story with a beginning a middle and an ending. The ending could allow us to “Live happily ever after” or it could be tragic. As we live our lives, the plot is revealed as we encounter other characters and circumstances. We may find that our story takes many twists and turns along the way and will often stumble or stop completely at times. We might find that our story travels in circles and we are no nearer to a happy ending than when we began.
As each new day dawns, it is like turning the page in the story of our lives. Each morning brings a new paragraph, a new chapter, a new beginning. It gives us the opportunity to learn from past mistakes and to move on. It gives the opportunity to realise that we are heading toward a tragic ending and to rather change direction and move toward a happy ending. The choice is ours. We are given the freedom to write our own story.
It is never too late for a new beginning. Abraham was eighty years old when God called him to leave his home and find the Promised Land, Noah was over a hundred years old when he entered the ark, Moses was forty when he fled Egypt to live with the Midianites. He stayed in the desert for another forty years before approaching Pharaoh to let God’s children go. We know how his story ended. After years of leading the Israelites, it was Moses who took them to the doorstep of the Promised Land.
Nelson Mandela was an adult when incarcerated on Robben Island and an old man when released 27 years later, and yet that was when his destiny was revealed and he brought about the birth of a brand new beginning for South Africans. He facilitated a miracle that has propelled him to the history books forever as one of the greatest men of our time. If he could stand up for the truth and reform a country that had lived in hatred for so long, there is no end to what you could accomplish.
As young shepherd boys, none of these three men ever knew that the little beginning they made in life would cause them to lead a nation.
Just one person making a new beginning could bring about peace in a war torn world. Just one beginning in the right direction could bring an end to the AIDS virus or world hunger or child abuse or any form of sin or violence in this world. Just one new beginning could bring about anything you dream possible.
Until the final puzzle piece is fitted and you see the whole picture, you never know… That beginning could be yours.