Friday, December 7, 2018

The Truth about Starting Over

For all that is said about starting over, there is one truth which every person who has ever had such an experience knows – it isn’t easy!

Starting over usually means something has probably gone wrong and a correction needs to be made. Because of mistakes, whether ours or those of other people, significant changes need to happen in our lives. At first, we are very excited because we envision how different our lives will be if we actually put those changes into practice. We yearn to be free of the consequences of past errors.

Unfortunately, starting over in life is something which takes time, patience and perseverance. We quickly find that the changes we dreamed of when we first began our “restart” will only come after a prolonged period of living a self-disciplined life – something which is so hard to do. Our most potent enemy often is ourselves. We become weak. We just want to give up. We get to a point where we think it is easier to go back to our old ways rather than maintain those habits which will break the past mold of life.

We have a vivid example of a very challenging “start over” in the return of the Jewish people who had been exiled in Babylon for over 70 years. Their dream of a rebuilt Temple, a new Jerusalem and a renewed nation became a reality only after years of demanding sacrifice. What we actually see from the 20-20 vision of history is God using difficult circumstances to bring about the fulfillment of his plan to reclaim the human race for himself. The starting over process lasted 400 years but by the time it was complete, everything was set for the coming of the Messiah – the One who would bring the Eternal Start Over.

If you are in need of a “start over” or in the middle of one and find yourself ready to give up, join us for one of our services this weekend. Knowing you are not the only one in your situation and Who is willing to help you through makes all the difference.

Saturday evening worship: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Hawaii Lutheran Church (WELS)

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Honolulu, HI
Community Lutheran Church holds protestant chapel services in Honolulu, Hawaii near Pearl Harbor, HI. We are next to the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hickam Air Force Base, and Fort Shafter Hawaii. Look for us directly behind the Salt Lake, Hawaii, Target.