Starting school is one of life's new beginnings.
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Why do we humans love new beginnings so much? Weddings make us emotional. Babies being born get us so excited. Opening a new building deserves a ceremony. Why do we value "new" so much?
I think it's because somethig new gives us hope. We muddle along in our lives, messing up, falling down, feeling like things might never get better. But when we experience something new, whether it's for us, sor someone else, we feel hope. We feel like things are not alway going to be the same. And it revives us. It's the cycle of life. It's spring, for us, and it's what makes us feel alive.
Today, I read a couple of Scriptures that referred to beginnings. The first one is the first verse of the Bible:
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And this one from the New Testament:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
And finally, this one from Proverbs:
The fear of the is the beginning of knowledge.
These verse all tell us that the beginning of everything is God. He created everything. Without Him, we have nothing, and we literally are nothing. And without fearing (respecting) him, we know nothing.
So, I know I need to be reminded that ultimately, all my hope comes from God. My knowledge ultimately comes from him. And my very existence comes from him. He is the new beginning, and very time we draw near to Him, our hearts can have hope. In fact, His grace makes every day a new beginning:
His mercies are new every morning.
Praise you, God!