HOW DO WE DETERMINE THE BEGINNING

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

MOTHER EARTH

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

The Darkness of the Night (Photo by Pastor Davis)

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:1-3)

God spoke light into existence (Photo by Pastor Davis)

How do we determine the beginning of anything in this world of ours?  Have you discovered the vast importance of any beginnings?  Do you really know what is involved in a beginning?  Do you know the number of beginnings you are continuously been making, and do you realize their full importance?  If not, come and journey with me for a short time into the depths of your mind and let us thoughtfully explore some ignored beginnings by-way of blessedness; for blessed it is when it is wisely resorted to, and much strength and comfort it holds for the understanding of our mind.

Let us begin with this moment for each of us; it is our beginning at the greatest blessing God has given to each one of us.  It is the first day of the rest of our lives, a brand new beginning for you to take a chance, and learn to live out the rest of your brand new life.

Now here is how Jesus describes it, Jesus said, “I am alpha and omega”, the beginning and the end. Now pause your thoughts for a moment and watch this short video clip before continuing to read the rest of the story and we will meet on the other side with Jesus as alpha and omega.

By making this bold statement, Jesus opened our minds up and showed us the beginning of all life as we know it.  Therefore, when we think deeply on this and pause our thoughts and consider how in the spiritual world, the greatest things proceed from the smallest beginnings.  A light fancy may be the inception of a wonderful invention or an immortal work of art; a spoken sentence may turn the tide of history; a pure thought entertained may lead to the exercise of a world-wide regenerative power.

Then we look deeply into the material world, and as we do so, we discover that everything also, proceeds from a very small beginning.  The mightiest river is at first a rivulet over which the grasshopper could leap; the great flood commences with a few drops of rain; the sturdy oak, that has endured the storms of a thousand winters, was once an acorn.

A beginning is a cause, and as such it must be followed by an effect or a train of effects and the effect will be of the same nature as the cause.  The nature of an initial impulse determines the body of its results.  A beginning also presupposes an ending, a consummations, achievements, or goal.  A gate leads to a path and the path to some particular destination; so a beginning leads to results, and results lead to a completion.

In aiming at the life of Blessedness one of the simplest beginnings to be considered and rightly made is that which we all make everyday—the beginning of each day’s life.  How do you begin each day?  At what hour do you rise?  How do you begin your work in what frame of mind do you enter upon the sacred life of a new day?  What answer can you give your heart to these important questions?  You will find that much happiness or unhappiness follows upon the right or wrong beginning of the day, and that, when every day is wisely begun, happy and harmonious sequences will mark its course, and life in its totality will not fall far short of the ideal blessedness.

The Sun Rise upon the Cross (Photo by Pastor Davis)

It is a right and strong beginning of the day to rise at an early hour.  Even if your worldly work does not demand it, it is wise to make of it a habit, and begin the day strongly by shaking off indolence and by putting on vigor and energy.  How are you to develop strength of will and mind and body if you begin every day by yielding to weakness?  Self-indulgence is followed by unhappiness.  Those who lie in bed till late, are not necessarily bright and cheerful and fresh, but often the prey of irritabilities, depressions, debilities, nervous disorders, abnormal fancies, and all unhappy moods.

This is the heavy price they have to pay for their daily indulgence.  Yet, so blinding is the pandering to self that, like the man taking his daily dram in the belief that it is bracing the nerves which it is all the time shattering, so the lie-in-bed is convinced that long hours of ease are necessary for him as possible remedy for those very moods and weaknesses and disorders of which his indulgence is the cause.  Men and women are unaware of the losses that they entail upon themselves by this common indulgence: loss of strength both of mind and body, loss of prosperity, loss of knowledge, and loss of happiness.

Begin the day by rising early.  If you have no object in doing so, never mind; arise, go for a gentle walk among

Nature exposed in the beauty of the trees and sunlight (Photo by Shirley Rhodes)

the beauties of nature, and you will experience buoyancy, freshness, and a delight, not to say a peace of mind, that will reward you for your effort.  One good effort is followed by another; and when a man begins the day by rising early, even though with no other purpose in view, he will find the silent early hour so conducive to clearness of mind and calmness of thought, his early morning walk so profitable in enabling him to become a consecutive thinker and so to see life and its problems, as well as himself and his affairs, in a clearer light; that in time he will rise early for the express purpose of preparing and harmonizing his mind to meet any and every difficulty with wisdom and calm strength.

There is, indeed, so spiritual an influence in the early morning hour, so divine a silence and inexpressible

The Early Morning Sunrise (Photo by Pastor Davis)

repose, that he who, purposeful and strong, throws off the mantle of ease and climbs the hills to greet the morning sun will thereby climb no inconsiderable distance up the hills of blessedness and truth. 

The right beginning of the day will be followed by cheerfulness at the first meal, permeating the household with a sunny influence; and the work of the day will be undertaken in a strong and confident spirit, and the whole day will be well live.

There is also a sense in which every day is to be regarded as the beginning of a new life, in which one can think, act, and live newly, and in a wiser and better spirit.  This day is truly the first day of the rest of your life. It is my birthday and I thank God for allowing me to experience another one.  “To be continued”

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