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A time for new beginnings?

By Jo Wright | 30 January 2014

A time for new beginnings?

It’s January, it’s wet, it’s depressing. We should all be having the January blues. At least that's what I’ve been hearing when I’ve tuned into the radio, TV and social media in the past few weeks.

We hear the same sentiments every New Year: conversations about New Year’s resolutions, wiping the slate clean and starting afresh. For me at least, I start out meaning well and it all turns out to be a bit of a let down.

However this year, for me,is full of new beginnings.Our wedding is in April, then I’ll be moving into a new house but not before starting a new job. I write with some sadness as this will be my last blog for Stewardship as a member of staff. As I have been reflecting on my time here, in preparation for this new season, I realise how blessed I am to have come across some amazing generosity in action over the last seven years.

I remember those people I have seen time and time again giving so generously to anything from appeals for hurricane/typhoon disasters to missionaries working in the depths of the jungle in Burma. I have met people giving up their lives to work for God on the mission field whether it be working with the homeless in south London, or reaching out to trafficked women in Cambodia, all relying on people’s generosity.

I have to say, the people that will have the ultimate lasting impact on me are my Stewardship colleagues, past and present. Again and again, they have demonstrated Christ’s love and generosity to me and countless others. To be honest, I would have been lost without them. They have sown time, tears, laughter, joy and prayers into my life and I will be forever thankful.

I have never worked for an organisation that has remained so true to its values. It lives out generosity to its staff and clients. I am so thankful for my time here and excited for Stewardship’s new season this year and the impact it will have for God’s kingdom.

Ecclesiastes 7:8 says: Better is the end of a thing than the beginning of it.  In order to start something new, there has to be an ending. I have come far since the start of my time here and certainly agree that the end is far better than the start of the journey. So, as I start my new beginning, I realise that new beginnings always carry something from the past. I carry with me this thread of generosity, and hope that it weaves itself fully into this new season.

What are you carrying with you into 2014? Could this be an opportunity for you to express God’s heart of generosity in a new way?

I love God’s mandate for us in Isaiah 61:

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound,

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord [the year of His favour] and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,

To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion—to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit—that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

This passage is generosity in a nutshell. I really hope that I can be used for His glory in my new beginning.

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Read more like this:

5 small steps to a more generous 2014

No man is an island

Steadfast under trials - podcast from The Tron Church

 

photo used under Creative Commons Licence by Keith Roper

Posted by Jo Wright

Jo was part of the giving services team at Stewardship. She studied at the London School of Theology. She loves music, travelling and is passionate about ending human trafficking.

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