A Fresh Start
“Are you looking forward to your new role?”
My colleagues were asking the obvious question as I came to the end of my old job.
“Yes!” I responded enthusiastically. But actually, this simple response didn’t really capture the mixture of emotions I felt.
Excited. Nervous. Scared.
It’s not always easy to start again. A new office. A new commute. New colleagues. New work. And what was I going to do on my lunch breaks?
However, with a fresh start comes a new set of God-given opportunities.
A Changing Life
Getting to know new people isn’t always easy. But many of my new colleagues wouldn’t have heard the gospel. God’s given me this opportunity.
It takes time to get used to working for a new boss. She’ll like things done differently. But working hard for a new boss honours her and is another opportunity to glorify God (Ephesians 6:4).
A new role can feel overwhelming because of the new skills required. But many of these skills might be transferable – skills I can use to serve God’s Kingdom and his people.
A fresh start offers me all these new opportunities. And this is really exciting.
A Constant God
But the nerves are still there. So when God gives us a fresh start – at work or somewhere else – we have to hold on to a life-transforming truth about him.
During periods of change, he never changes.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17
His gift of a new job is ‘good.’ This change is ‘perfect’ in that God knows how he’ll use it in your life. But best of all, in and amongst the change, he doesn’t change ‘like shifting shadows’.
He still loves you. He’s still at work in you. He still goes before you.