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“A New Beginning” by Christina Gibson

If you’re on social media, you’ve probably seen the news: fall is almost here!  Facebook is littered with pumpkin spice lattes, my Instagram feed is full of fall foliage, and people are pinning their cool-weather fashion and comfort food staples.  By the looks of it, people have been craving autumn all summer!

I’ll confess: I am one of those people who yearn for the change of season.  This is partly due to my love of scarves, squashes, and scarecrows.

However, for myself and many others, fall also signifies something deeper: a new beginning, a fresh start, a hope for the future and a chance to get things back on track.  The change in the air brings with it a blank slate, a chance to start anew.

This year, God has convicted me about some of my fall feelings.  Most importantly, He has reminded me that I don’t need autumn to bring its new beginning.

Christ gave that to me over two thousand years ago when He died on the Cross to give me new life!  I don’t need the back-to-school season for a fresh start.  God has already sent yesterday’s mistakes “as far as the east is from the west.” (Psalm 103:12)

My hope for the future is not found in fall—God promised that to me long ago. (Jeremiah 29:11)  I don’t have to wait until the leaves fall to get back on track—in fact, I shouldn’t wait!  There is no better day than today to “be renewed in the spirit of [my] mind” and to “put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:23-24)

As much as I hate to admit it, we’ve got a few more weeks to wait for pumpkin picking and apple cider.  After all, it is over 80 degrees today, and all of my friends are at the beach.  But if it’s a new beginning that you are after, you don’t have to wait!  You can find it today, in Christ Jesus.