New Beginnings

During the Easter season I’m always reminded of endings and beginnings. It is the ending of winter and the beginning of spring. It is symbolic of the death of Christ and the resurrection to new life. Every ending is the beginning of something else. We are always in the process of ending one thing and beginning something else. Every day and every night reflects the cycle of life and is a larger pattern of what we experience in our lives.

In spite of how common it is to end and begin, we often have a lot of fear associated with ending something we are familiar with and beginning something new. No matter how many times we go through the cycles and seasons of life, we almost always experience some anxiety in change. The thought of life ending at death produces fear of the unknown. The thought of beginning a new job creates some apprehension because of the uncertainty of how it will impact our life. The idea of ending a relationship because it is destructive in our lives seems almost impossible because of the far reaching effects it will have in our life and in the lives of others.

Yet the sun comes up in the East every morning and sets in the West every night with a regular rhythm that we count on. We breathe in and we breathe out every day, expanding and contracting, taking in and letting out, beginning and ending. People are born and people die every day. The cycle of life goes on as in the steady beat of the heart.

Why do we have such a difficult time with the natural process of our own unfolding? Just as the caterpillar spins a cocoon of gossamer and becomes transformed into a beautiful butterfly, our lives are meant to be a continual transforming into a greater reality. We are designed, just like the cycles in nature, to begin and end many different things in our lives.

Like children whose ideas of Christmas grow and expand over time from a fairytale belief in Santa to a greater understanding of the true meaning of Divine giving, we continually outgrow old ways of looking at things and grow into a new, larger understanding of creation and our part in it. We don’t look back on our childhood and despise our childish beliefs, but we see them as a part of our maturation. Likewise, as we grow into a greater spiritual reality, we don’t despise what has brought us to a greater understanding of our purpose in life; we see our past as stepping-stones to where we are now.

When looking to the future, it will require that we remain flexible and willing to end certain parts of lives and begin new ones. Sometimes this involves letting go of old ways of thinking and being and embracing a larger, more inclusive way of being.

The ultimate example of bringing an ending to something and creating a new beginning is in the life of Christ as He took on the pain of our separation from God (Sin), dying, thus ending an old pattern and way of being for the world. His resurrection created the ultimate new beginning for each of us and builds a bridge (redemption) back to God. We now have the power (Spirit) available to us to successfully end old ways of being in our lives and begin or manifest new ways of truly Being.

In light of this, there has never been a better time to let go of old ways of thinking and begin something new in your life today. There has never been more power available to you to start something new in your life than right now. There will never be a better time to look at what needs to end and at what is waiting to begin.

Walk forth today in a new beginning!