"And I sent messengers unto them, saying,
"I am doing a great work,
so that I cannot come down.
Why should the work cease,
whilst I leave it and come down to you?"
~ Nehemiah 6:3 ~
"With the possible exception of the equator,
everything begins somewhere."
~ C. S. Lewis ~
"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance."
~ Oscar Wilde ~
"There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth - not going all the way, and not starting." ~ Buddha ~
"Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward." ~ C. S. Lewis ~
"Be willing to be a beginner every single morning." ~ Meister Eckhart ~
"The beginning is the most important part of the work." ~ Plato ~
"You can't go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending." ~ C. S. Lewis ~
"The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones." ~ proverb ~
"Start by doing what's necessary;
then do what's possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
~ Francis of Assisi ~
"Just as we end our holiday activities, we have this new year to celebrate. This is not a one day event, but our chance to live every precious day we are alive. Our lives are made up of one meaningful moment after another." ~ Alexandra Stoddard ~
"One of the great things about life is that you can start over. With God there are always new beginnings and second chances. He specializes in giving people fresh starts. While you may feel overwhelmed at times and held back by painful recollections, haunting fears, remorse, shame or guilt, God's power in your present life is not limited b what took place in your past. When you are governed and manipulated by your painful memories you allow your past to control you future. But when you choose to give God the controls He can do amazing things with the rest of your life. You can start now and have a brand-new ending." ~ Sue Augustine ~
"But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells."
~ 2 Peter 3:10-13 ~
Please pray for ~ Daisy ~ Mat and his son ~ Steve ~ Jim ~ Rebekah ~ Gloria ~ Janice ~
Last week the computer slept in, thus no Sabbath Keeping. This post is a welcome to 2018 and a suggestion to search (because I couldn't find it) for Andy Stanley's video on Nehemiah 6:3 entitled "I am doing a great work and cannot come down." Essentially, his message was: "What's that one thing you need to finish in order to make 2018 a better year for you and those around you?" It might be getting out of debt, putting down the booze, getting off drugs, stop gossiping, lose weight, finish that book, stop being negative, stop complaining, or ______________________. Fill in the blank with what's your thing to bring to completion? If you have two or three things, write them down and put them where you can see them every morning. Join me and every morning, focus on doing something to whittle down your thing(s) and move forward in joyful anticipation of a job well done.
NOTE: THANKS to Rainey for the Andy Stanley video link...here.
Welcome to 2018; choose to do your great work and be happy.