“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.
Duane and I were honored to spend today with a wonderful church in Harrisonburg, VA while Billy Epperhart preached at The Bridge Denton. We had great reports from both services–I’m sure that The Bridge Marianna and Brazil were awesome too! It’s really hard to be away from everyone at The Bridge on Sunday mornings, but I’m thankful that God is always there no matter where Duane and I happen to wake up!
Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good; God probes for what is good.Proverbs 16:2 (Message Vs.)
Today the girls and I visited the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. I was happy my girls even had a desire to go to the Art Museum in the first place, but as we began the walking tour, it was obvious we didn’t agree on what we thought was “good” art. I wanted to see the famous painting of George Washington, Georgia O’Keefe flowers, and the “Rainbow over the Grand Canyon” painting by Thomas Moran. The girls wanted to see the photography and the modern art. We comprised and walked through all of it. Although some of the modern exhibits were amazing, there was a few that caused you to stand with a puzzled look on your face and whisper, “What’s so great about that?” This brought up the question of “who and what” determines if art is “good”? It’s kind of like our society, what or who determines what is “good” anymore? It is all relative to the person’s unique perspective of value and worth. When there is no higher standard or scale to determine if something is right and good, it can only be measured by personal likes and dislikes, which are subject to change with mood and moving media. One time the girls and I were separated because I was absorbed in the presidential official portraits and they moseyed on over to something “better”. I called Kelsey and asked where she was. She replied, “Look for the man in a dress holding a poodle.” Enough said.