Like in many parts of the country this was a pretty exciting week around here—back to school time! I enjoyed the stories of the week from my family and friends who are teachers; both their excitement and their nervousness. The pictures of students going off to their first day are priceless! All of them from the first day of pre-school to the first day of the last year of high school. The stories I heard of and from these students are the same as their teachers—excitement and nervousness.
As I observed all this I got to thinking why we have both excitement and nervousness when facing a new beginning? I think the answer is the same for both emotions: the unknown. We are excited about a new beginning while at the same time nervous about what it holds. We wonder if we are prepared, will we adjust, will it impact my loved ones; we wonder what the result will be.
Teachers and students going back to school have some control over these questions. They are answered through attitude, aptitude, and effort. Victory in most everything we face in life follows suite to this formula of how do I approach this challenge, do I use my gifts and talents, and am I willing to work hard?
However, the biggest decision each of us must make only cares about our attitude—an attitude of faith. Ephesians 2:8-9 makes it clear, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast.” This attitude has eternal consequences for the final new beginning.
Revelation 21:5 reads, “And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”” For those in relationship with Jesus Christ at that moment there will be a final new beginning, but the beginning of that new beginning begins right now and it all depends on your attitude.
One last question, are you excited or nervous about that new beginning?