Can you do this?
Here are three examples of why I think so:
Was Joseph being sold into Egyptian slavery by his ten brothers the beginning or the end?
Was the cross of Christ the end or the beginning?
Were no fish caught by Peter, Andrew, John, and James the beginning or end of poverty?
These are only three stories that answer the question: was this the end or was this the beginning?
I have often thought of the negative circumstances as defeat, a firm reason to give up and call it quits.
- “I can’t take anymore abuse at work.”
- “It’s over. I don’t have the ability or resources to make my dream come true!”
- “I’m broke. I’m going to starve to death.”
You, too, have perhaps thought of your situation as the end and not the beginning.
- My marriage is over.
- My job is gone.
- Everything is getting worse.
But is what seems like the end the beginning?
It can be if you focus on what works instead of on what doesn’t work.
I’m not talking about positive thinking, affirmations, or healthy self-talk. Yes, those are important, but they aren’t the foundation of your prosperity.
What is the foundation?
As a Christian, your foundation is Jesus.
Your focus isn’t on yourself and what you can make happen. Your focus is on Jesus and what he can make happen. Jesus said (John15:5) “… apart from me you can do nothing.”
Imagine coming to the end of yourself and beginning to see what really matters.
Today and tomorrow and for the entire week, let Jesus show you you’re not at the end but the beginning.
What if this is the beginning and not the end?
What does that mean for you?
How does today become different if it’s the beginning?
What happens to your relationships at home? At work? With yourself?
And what happens to your relationship with God?
Opportunity to make something worthwhile begins now. It is not the end.
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