Simple Living: Need a Fresh Start?

“Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
–St. Francis of Assisi

Sometimes, you just need a fresh start. Perhaps you’re coming back from a difficult or traumatic experience. Or perhaps you’ve fallen deep into sin and want to make your way back to the Father. Or perhaps you want to get your life together. Or perhaps you just want to try something new. There could be any number of reasons why a fresh start is warranted. Sometimes, you just need a fresh start. And is there any better time to start anew than right now?

Sometimes people wait for the perfect conditions to come before they get that new start going. And those perfect conditions rarely happen. And even if they do come, chances are you won’t take advantage of them anyway. We say stuff like…

“I’ll come back to God when I get my life together.”
“I’ll start serving at church when my kids are older.”
“I’ll pick up reading when I find more time.”
“I’ll pray to God when I stop sinning.”
“I’ll start running when the weather is perfect.”
“I’ll do it tomorrow. Tomorrow would be better.”

And oftentimes, they feel more like excuses rather than legitimate conditions. One of the powerful realizations I had last year was that there is no better time for a fresh start than right here and right now. Every moment is another chance for a new start. You don’t have to wait for perfect conditions to arrive. You can start now.

You can start coming back to God now.
You can start reading a book now.
You can start living a healthy lifestyle now.
You can start serving God now.
You can start praying now.
You can start being a better parent now.
You can start being a better student now.
You can start living for Christ now.

The only thing stopping you from a fresh start today is you and the excuses you make. Rather than waiting for the perfect conditions to come, simply realize that there’s no better time to start afresh than right now. Every moment is indeed another chance for a new start.