Dead-Ends To New Beginnings!
I am fascinated with the rational we use in making our choices. In my research on the motivation needed to make change happen in a our life, I’ve discovered Dead-Ends provide good pivots for New Beginnings.
Saul walking to Damascus continuing his campaign to persecute the early church saw a bright light, fell to the ground and was stopped.
“…Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” Then the Lord said,” I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads”. So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord what do You want me to do?” (Acts 9:4-6)
Saul, the persecutor transformed into Paul the apostle of Christ, is the classic example of the “stop that changed” his life’s direction. The Damascus Road had a dead-end that gave Saul a new beginning. It was a name changer! Paul’s response in this pivotal moment is captured in his two questions:
“Who are You?”
“What do You want me to do?”
The place where Saul halted in his march towards Damascus became his starting point. It is always good to take note of who is talking and what is being requested. In Paul’s defense to King Agrippa recorded in Acts 26:19-20 he said, “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus…”. He started where he was stopped and his exploits and words still inspire us in Christianly today.
My phraseology of Paul’s questions:
Who is talking to me and what should I do about it?
Dead-Ends to New beginnings!
When we come to a “dead end” whether it be a job termination, business failure, ministry disaster or in some other life changing event, what do we do? Possibly it is the best place to “start” a new journey toward greater reward!
- The significance we place on what stops us, can move us.
As long as we are on the open road we just keep moving along. It is when we come to a dead end that we are forced to make a choice. Why wait till we are in a dead end situation to make the change needed?
“He slept beneath the moon; He basked beneath the sun, He lived a life of going-to-do; And died with nothing done.”
English playwright, James Albery.
Let’s make: Dead-Ends Lead to New Beginnings!
How about you?
What dead end prompted you to start anew?
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When Stopped, let us Start moving to the Richer Side of Life