In Others’ Words: Start Here
Oftentimes to embrace the future I’ve had to let go of something I’ve loved.
For years I thought of myself as a writer. Occasionally I would say to a friend, “I want to write.” But I was busy being a mom — and I love my kiddos. I was busy teaching women’s Bible studies — and I loved spending time with women and discovering God’s truths. Writing would happen … one day.
And then the desire became an undeniable have to in my heart. I couldn’t just talk about writing any longer. But I also knew to write, I had to give up teaching Bible studies — something I was passionate about, something I felt called to do. But there are only so many hours in the day, and I’m not one of those women who can juggle a gazillion things well. Sometimes I can’t juggle three things without dropping one of ’em.
It was time to write. And that meant it was time to stop teaching to make room for a long-postponed dream.
“… to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”
Once I made the decision to listen to God’s whispered “Are you coming?” and to follow his leading from end to new beginning, I didn’t miss what I left behind (teaching) as I embraced what was ahead (writing). How gracious of God to replace one passion with another so that there was no looking back over my shoulder with longing or regret.
In Your Words: When has a new beginning required an ending for you? How were you able to make the transition?
With thanks to my friend, author Cathy West, for sharing this quote with me. Cathy is one of my favorite authors. If you haven’t read her novels Yesterday’s Tomorrow and Hidden in the Heart, I highly recommend them!
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