Spring is Here and So is Your Chance to Start Fresh
It’s never too late to start over. Spring is upon us and with that often comes a sudden burst of energy and motivation to keep moving forward. It’s pretty common for people to feel unmotivated or stuck in a rut in the depths of winter. I’ve also noticed that when the days get longer and sunnier, people tend to become happier and more driven toward their goals.
I see this a lot in my own life. It seems like every school year, around this time, I have sudden motivation to finish the school year well. School seems like it’s just slowly dragging on through those dull winter months, but the spring season allows for a new start. I know there are people out there who are really big fans of New Years resolutions, and I see value in them, but I really think that you have the power to change the things in your life that are in your control at any time of the year. When the snow starts to melt and the weather gets warmer, it’s an opportunity to start a new chapter, regain focus on your goals, and set new ones.
All of this especially applies to me this year, since I am a senior and about to graduate in just 2 and a half short months. It’s crazy how fast this year has gone by and how little time I have left in high school. A new beginning is around the corner whether I am ready for it or not, and I have decided to do my best to be ready for it. I think that starting a new chapter in life, whether by choice or not, is one of the most rewarding things, in the sense that you learn valuable information from life experiences that you otherwise would not have learned. In my case, I’m graduating high school and so I don’t really have a choice in moving on to the next chapter of life, it is happening regardless. Honestly, I’m really excited about starting college and the chance to turn a new page and becoming the person God has made me to be.
Maybe you’re not in a situation like mine, and odds are you’re not moving to a new place or starting college or graduating. That’s okay, and there are going to be times in your life where you’re content to live in the same place for a long time, maybe for the rest of your life, and do the same job for a lifetime. I’ll get there someday, probably in the blink of an eye. Even if that’s your situation, you can still start fresh. You can take advantage of the opportunity that a brand new spring full of life gives. Take inventory on your life. Think about what you’re doing, what your goals are, what habits you have, what ruts you have fallen into, and if things are going as planned. If you feel the need to start over, then you probably should. Maybe it’s time to wipe the slate clean and move on to new beginnings.
The most important thing to do is change your own mindset, because this is probably what impacts your life the most. It’s really common and really easy to get stuck in the trap of negative thinking, but it doesn’t have to be that way. I suggest making a list of negative things you tend to think, say, etc. and then making a list of ways to turn those into positives. It will take practice at first, and you may need someone else to hold you accountable, but learning to let go of the negative and cling to the positive things and the blessings that God has given you is one of the best choices you can make.
If you realize that you’ve been slacking off, maybe in school or work or anything else, acknowledge it. Most people do have a tendency to start slacking off in school once they get to the middle of the school year. Realize that this is due to your own choices and just like you have the power to put things off until the last minute and skip assignments, you also have the power to change that, and work harder. School is just an example, and really, this applies to anything. Write down all of the ways that you can improve on an issue such as this, and work towards it. Ask God to give you the strength to accomplish what you need to accomplish, and then make sure you don’t pass up on the opportunities that he gives you along the way.
If you are a person who tends to get caught up in drama or negative friendships, it’s definitely time to start over. That’s not a healthy way to live, and it needs to be changed. If there is anyone you need to apologize to, pray for the courage to do so. You will probably look back and regret the times when you didn’t apologize, but you most likely won’t regret the times you did. The same goes for forgiveness. I strongly recommend studying the topic of forgiveness in the Bible, and realizing in the depths of your heart, that although you have broken God’s heart and rejected Him, He has forgiven you by paying the ultimate price. It was God that not only died and paid the price for your iniquities, but suffered in a way that no one else ever could, experienced more emotional pain that humanly possible, and felt sorrow to the point of death for you. It’s really a mind-blowing thing to imagine, and it’s important that we don’t let this become a cliché, but that we study it in the Bible for what it is and acknowledge that sacrifice for what it truly was. When you recognize and believe in your heart that God has gone to that measure to freely forgive you, it will make it much easier for you to be able to freely forgive others.
Know that God has a plan for your life, and whether that means changing your mindset, your outlook on life, your friendships, or anything else, it will be worth it. The One who created you knows better than you do, and it’s a wonderful thing to be able to listen to the voice of God and follow what He tells you, because everything God has planned will work together for your good. It’s important to embrace change, even if it’s out of your comfort zone, because change is what brings progress and gives you the chance to learn and become better.
If you’re not happy with where you are in life, if you’re looking for a sign to start again – this is it. Spring is here, and soon the grass will be greener and the earth will bloom with flowers and bright plants and second chances. I encourage you to keep your heart in tune with God and to ask for wisdom to make the decisions you need to make. Remember that this is your life and you can start fresh and you can find joy in the presence of God. Don’t get discouraged if you make mistakes or if you fall into bad habits, because you can choose to begin again as many times as you need to and you can live freely in the grace of God and the forgiveness He has given you. It’s time for a fresh start and clear mind so you can pursue your dreams and your goals and grow in the love of God so that you can share it with others.
Do you have any ideas for how to start over? Share in a comment below.
“And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:2-5