“So many fail because they don’t get started–they don’t go. They don’t overcome inertia. They don’t begin.” – W. Clement Stone

It’s that time of year, again–back to school, and good-bye to summer! (Yes, I can hear all the parent’s thundering applause!) Just as it’s the beginning of the Jewish New Year, it’s also like a SECOND START for us as classes resume and we anticipate the Fall and the rest of the year.

Could anyone use a SECOND START to this year? It’s time to begin again. As W. Clement Stone said, “…so many fail because they don’t start…they don’t overcome inertia.” What’s inertia? It’s “dullness with regard to motion and action; inactivity, sluggishness, unresponsiveness.” Just as the Texas heat drains the energy out of you, so can disappointments, hassles, and struggles deplete the motivation out of you to “get going” and do the things you know God has called you to do. Need a push? God longs to be the power and energy in us that overcomes our inherit human inertia. (Phil. 2:13) I am challenged by what the Spanish writer, Baltasar Gracian said, “Dreams will get you nowhere; a good kick in the pants will take you a long way.” For a SECOND START we need to look at where we have failed before and make hard choices for lasting change.

I am so happy our God authorizes SECOND STARTS. God is handing you a new notebook, a sharpened pencil, and a fresh start. Remember those dreams and goals you had at the beginning of 2009? Let’s overcome the inertia of fear and procrastination and see them fulfilled.

Zechariah 10:6, “They’ll get a FRESH START as if nothing ever happened. And why? Because I am their very own God, I’ll do what needs to be done for them.” (The Message Version)

We had lots of people get “FRESH STARTS” at The Bridge a few weeks ago when they were baptized at our annual Waterpark Outreach.

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Lead Pastor at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.

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