Starting Over

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I was out on a very rare run by myself in Antigua, Guatemala; enjoying the solitude and freedom of going where ever my feet led me. I decided to journey up to the cross that overlooks the city. As I was climbing the 250 stairs I began to think to myself about starting over. Coming to Guatemala 10 years ago meant starting over for our family. We did not know the culture, the language or where anything was. It made me think about Jesus who left His heavenly home and started over on earth. When you start over you cannot come as an expert, you have to come with a humble, curiousity that is willing to make mistakes and embrace the newness all around. I learned how to walk and talk here, how to act and how to love again. 

This reminds me of our devotion to someone in words versus our utter, abandoned commitment and devotion expressed through actions. How willing was I initially to learn as a beginner and not an expert? Not much. What compelled me to start over each day and learn how to live in a new way?  My love for God and knowing He was willing to start over for me so that I could be with Him forever compelled me to journey on. This reminds me of the movie "Fifty First Dates", where Adam Sandler has to help his wife fall in love with him everyday because of her brain injury induced nemory loss. We are like the wife and God is our spouse convincing us everyday of His great love for us. He was so willing to show us this love that He sent His greatest love, Jesus to die in our place. Now everyday he paints a new sunrise and with it He cleans every slate and gives us a perfect day to start over. He gives us new mercies, He forgets our yesterday and allows us to start over. I am learning how to start over and am beginning to understand that love makes all things new. 

I was out on a very rare run by myself in Antigua, Guatemala; enjoying the solitude and freedom of going where ever my feet led me. I decided to journey up to the cross that overlooks the city. As I was climbing the 250 stairs I began to think to myself about starting over. Coming to Guatemala 8 years ago meant starting over for our family. We did not know the culture, the language or where anything was. It made me think about Jesus who left His heavenly home and started over on earth. When you start over you cannot come as an expert, you have to come with a humble, curiousity that is willing to make mistakes and embrace the newness all around. I learned how to walk and talk here, how to act and how to love again. 

This reminds me of our devotion to someone in words versus our utter, abandoned commitment and devotion expressed through actions. How willing was I initially to learn as a beginner and not an expert? Not much. What compelled me to start over each day and learn how to live in a new way?  My love for God and knowing He was willing to start over for me so that I could be with Him forever compelled me to journey on. This reminds me of the movie "Fifty First Dates", where Adam Sandler has to help his wife fall in love with him everyday because of her brain injury induced nemory loss. We are like the wife and God is our spouse convincing us everyday of His great love for us. He was so willing to show us this love that He sent His greatest love, Jesus to die in our place. Now everyday he paints a new sunrise and with it He cleans every slate and gives us a perfect day to start over. He gives us new mercies, He forgets our yesterday and allows us to start over. I am learning how to start over and am beginning to understand that love makes all things new. 

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