A New Beginning

Do you feel the world is broken? (We do)
Do you feel the shadows deepen?  (We do)
But do you know that all the dark won’t 
stop the light from getting through?  (We do)
Do you wish that you could see it all made new? (We do)


These words from Chris Tomlin’s song “Is He Worthy?” remind us that just because we’ve reached a new year, we can look around our world and see it’s obvious that things are not new just because the calendar changed from 2021 to 2022. New beginnings, where all things are made new, are found only in Christ. 

The corporate response of “We do” to the questions posed above is easy. What about the personal response? Do you find yourself in need of a fresh start? Are you longing to see all things made new in your walk with Christ? I have good news – you can begin again.

The Bible is replete with examples of people who needed a new beginning, and went on to be used by God. There is King David who had to repent and begin anew (Psalm 51) after his sin with Bathsheba. Peter was forced to confront his failure on the seashore with Christ just days after the resurrection (John 21). It was this same Peter who went on to preach on the Day of Pentecost and witness the coming of the Holy Spirit and thousands being added to the church.

The Apostle John gives us this promise in his first epistle:

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 ESV)

You can begin again, and that new beginning does not have to wait for a new year -- or a new month. The best day for a new beginning is today.

In the parable of the prodigal son, it was not enough for the son to realize his condition -- that he belonged at home in his father’s house. He had to get up and go home to the father’s house. It was there he found the father waiting with open arms. If you are longing for a new beginning, there is no better time to come home to the Father’s house.

By Jesse Smith

Jesse and his wife, Melanie, reside in Lexington, along with their son, Zak.

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