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B Moments, new beginning

What Do I Do Next?

Whether you’re graduating from school, celebrating a hard-won career opportunity, or embracing a new blessing in your household, starting on a new path can be exhilarating—but it can also be frightening. Despite feeling like all your hard work is finally worth it, you may also wonder how you’ll be able to make the most of your new path that, as of yet, has no title.

Here are 3 ways to make the most of your new beginning:

  1. Invest in your future. When starting something new, it is often necessary to begin at an entry level with less compensation than is desired. However, turning your little into more isn’t as hard as it seems when you invest in your future. Take, for example, the two servants of a man who planned to go out of town. The man gave each servant gold to invest for him while he was away. One of the servants simply took the gold he was given and buried it for himself, losing the man’s trust and earning a demotion. Yet the other servant took the gold he was given, invested it wisely, and was able to double the initial investment, earning him praise and a promotion from the man when he returned. Today, make that investment in your future and remember these words: “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” Matthew 25:29 (NLT)
  2. Rejoice in every season. Although our ardently achieved new beginnings are incredibly thrilling, we can sometimes get too caught up in our accomplishments and forget to savor our present. Just as we look forward to summer coming and neglect to appreciate all of the fantastic aspects of spring, we can fail to give thanks for the perfect moments we experience in the present. Similarly, if we spend all of our time feeling anxious and anticipating what’s to come, we continue to create more of that because each moment creates the next. So to truly make the most of your new beginning, make sure you’re taking the time necessary to enjoy it as much as possible, giving God thanks and appreciation instead of simply looking toward what you want to tackle next. Today, usher in positive energy and treasure your new beginning by remembering these words: “Rejoice always.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16 (ESV)
  3. Trust your path, even without a title. One thing that can be particularly terrifying about new beginnings is when the path you’re on seems to have no title. For example, graduates may struggle after leaving school because their new direction seems undefined. Other times, those taking a different direction in their career may find it difficult to adequately describe exactly where they are headed. In fact, this was even the case with David as he was named king thirteen years before he was officially crowned king. Yet even though his path lacked a title, David still managed to accomplish great things and fulfill God’s assignment. So today, embrace your path without a title by recalling these words: “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by rejoicing in your present and investing in what is to come.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart…and He shall direct thy paths.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

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B Moments, season

Rejoice in Every Season

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: 1 Thessalonians 5:16 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about being in between seasons.

I live in Chicago, and this is the time of year that feels as though we’re living in between two seasons. One day it feels like summer is right around the corner with blue skies and temperatures around 70 degrees. Then the next day will be gloomy and barely reach 50 degrees. Summer is so close that I can almost smell it in the air, but it is still not here.

Sometimes the same can be true for the seasons of my personal life. When I am not content with the present, I struggle with staying in it. I’m often so preoccupied with the beginning of a new season that it ends up being almost impossible to appreciate what the current season has to offer.

When I turn to the Scriptures, David teaches us how to recenter ourselves with the words of Psalm 118:24. His words are, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” When we can do this despite the weather outside or our personal season, we are in a better position to usher in a new energy.

Each moment creates the next. So, if my current moment is filled with a lot of anxiety and anticipation, I’m only continuing to create more of that. Over time, I’ve come to appreciate the importance of finding joy in the present. So as a child of God, the next time you have one foot in today and the other in tomorrow, remember only these two words: “Rejoice always.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16 (ESV)

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So today, despite your season, rejoice!

B Moments, anticipation

Sing in Anticipation of God’s Blessings

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Today, I am singing in anticipation of God’s blessings.

Recently I was reading in the book of Acts, which details how Paul and Silas were stripped and beaten with rods for proclaiming Jesus in the city of Philippi. Imagine how miserable their circumstances must have been. They were stripped naked, beaten, put in chains, and imprisoned.

However, around midnight, the strangest thing happened. Both Paul and Silas began to sing and pray.

Think about that for a moment. It makes perfect sense at midnight to cry out to God or even to complain to Him. Yet despite all they had been through, they chose to sing and worship and praise Him.

We usually think of singing and rejoicing in response to God’s blessings. However, singing is not always in response to God’s actions, but in anticipation of them. They sang to shift focus from their pain to their hope and to create space for God to act within them.

As we think about our own personal situation that we need to sing in anticipation of, let us cling to these words: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary.” Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

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So today, sing in anticipation of God’s blessings.

B Moments, renew

Renew Your Strength in Jesus Christ

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how to renew our strength.

Recently, I was reading in the book of Acts, which details how Paul and Silas were stripped and beaten with rods for proclaiming Jesus in the city of Philippi. Imagine how miserable their circumstances must have been. They were stripped naked, beaten, put in chains, and imprisoned.

However, around midnight, the strangest thing happened. Both Paul and Silas began to sing and pray.

Quite honestly, this seemed odd to me. I would understand if they cried out to God, or even complained to him. Yet instead, despite all they had been through, they chose to worship him.

We usually think of singing and rejoicing in response to God’s blessings, but as my dear friend Skye Jethani points out, singing is not always in response to God’s actions, but in anticipation of them. They sang to shift focus from their pain to their hope and to create space for God to act within them.

Personally, my spiritual growth has come from realizing that when my heart is aching, or when I’m anxious about something, or I’m just not in the mood to worship, that it is more important than ever that I take the time to do so. By continuing to praise God and stay hopeful about the great things to come, we renew our strength.

Let us keep that in mind as we cling to these words: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

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So today, renew your strength in Christ.