New beginnings

New beginningsThere are lots of new beginnings at this time of year and if you have children or work with children, September is a bit like January. It can be difficult changing from holiday mode to work mode and the longer you’ve been on holiday, the harder it is!

New beginnings are difficult because we move from something with which we’re familiar to perhaps something which is unknown. New schools, new jobs, new home, new relationships. I didn’t know what being married was like until I took the big step, but I’m loving it and I’m very glad I did. It was easier knowing someone was there to love me and look after me.

But if we don’t step out into something new, we’ll never have experiences which could well change our lives, for the better. If we want to be changed we may need help and be open to receive that help.

Throughout my life I have received the most help from Jesus. He made me the man I am today and I received help because I asked Jesus for help and allowed him to help me. I have faith that he will guide me, encourage me and challenge me. He helps me to be a better person day by day.

We receive help from all sorts of people, but for the biggest challenges, we need to seek help from those with the most resources and from those with the biggest capacities to love us. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. That’s what Jesus did for each one of us.

Who is willing to lay down their life for you, to help you be the person you want to be? Who can you ask for help to change or help with the next challenge you face?