One of the most important lessons I have learned this year is ‘It’s not too late to start over’.
Sometime we put unrealistic and unnecessary expectations on ourselves to get everything right the first time round. Why we do this I don’t know?
Recently I have spent a lot of time asking myself why I do certain things and for whom? These answers have often revealed that I have lost myself along the way, and I needed a complete U-turn!
There have been times where I have felt like I had to continue along a specific path because I was too far gone. I had spent time, money, dedicated resources therefore I had to see things to the end. However, more recently I have really started to understand the importance and freedom in knowing when to stop and start again.
Life is not static, similarly our identities are not fixed and immovable. We grow, evolve and change. Our desires and hopes also to reflect this evolution. When this happens, it makes sense that our actions and lives align accordingly.
We do not pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved”
We cannot expect to view life (or ourselves) through the old lens. We also cannot expect to apply the same strategy for a new vision.
- It is okay to change direction
- It is okay to evaluate your why and change your mind
- It’s okay to decide you want to start again.
Change in this context doesn’t mean giving up or throwing in the towel. It’s acknowledging the new and embracing all that comes with this change.
It is an opportunity to exercise autonomy and demonstrate initiative for your life. Your story does not need to end where it currently is, we have the power to change and alter the narrative of our life.
Sometimes we need to hone in and accept when things aren’t working out.
This is one of my favourite scriptures:
Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Whilst we acknowledge that it is the will of God that we want to prevail in our lives, I do not believe our role in this is passive. We have a living relationship with God, thus when we are unsure or not pleased with how things are going, we can take it to Him and ask for clarity for our journey or even a brand-new road map. God wants to partner with us in our lives and for His Kingdom work
As we are slowly winding down 2021, I want to encourage you that with each new day comes new opportunities. Goals and plans needn’t be restricted to the 12 months of the calendar year, if you’ve got to keep going – do just that keep going! And if you need to start over – do just that! You are not a static being, but a growing and evolving child of God.