New Beginnings

September 5, 2008
by Lauretta Balderston

The fall has arrived and a new school year has begun. For many, this is a year of new challenges, with a new grade, new friends, new surroundings, and an opportunity to make a new impression — a new beginning!

When we are placed in different surroundings, it makes it easier to be a different person. We aren't constantly reminded of past mistakes or habits. We can choose to be the person we always wanted to be but never managed to be, or we can try to take on a different outlook and develop the kind of work habits we should have. A new teacher also makes a big difference because there aren't any preconceived notions of how we should relate.

In a sense, it is like being reborn. We can start again.

I loved my career in teaching, but, like my students, I too was nervous about my first-day impressions. Would we all get along well? Would I remember all their names by recess or sooner? Would I mispronounce a name and therefore get off on the wrong foot with a particular student? Did I have enough fun stuff as well as meaningful lessons prepared? I was excited at the prospect of the wonderful year of learning and expectations that lay before me, and I was always anxious to learn from my students. Would I be able to encourage my students to approach the year with the same enthusiasm? New beginnings are times of great inspiration, but can also be times of fear and hesitation.

We don't have to wait for a new school year in order to have a new beginning. God loves us to have a new beginning every day. We are told:

Psalm 32:8 – I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. (NKJV)

He readily gives us all the tools we need to make every day one of expectation and joy. Scripture reminds us:

Lamentations 3:22b-23 – His compassions fail not. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness. (NKJV)

He never remembers our past mistakes, and would never remind us that we failed yesterday. He lovingly encourages us to be all that He wants us to be. He also promises to be right there for us and to give us all the help we need. He is a great teacher and a patient friend.

Proverbs 17:17 – A friend loves at all times. (NKJV)

I am retired from teaching now, but I still delight in the new beginning that each day gives me to walk with my God and learn amazing truths from Him about life! I know I can trust Him to watch me and protect me at all times.

Prayer: Dear Father God, thank You for Your Word to teach and instruct us. Thank You for Your friendship, helping us to be all we can be. Thank You for Your love that is new every morning! Thank You for all the new beginnings You provide for us so we may be encouraged and excited about life. Amen.

About the author:

Lauretta Balderston <laure@eastlink.ca>

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada


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