Grace for New Beginnings
I am so glad to have you here. I made this place especially for you.
Living this philosophy of “Grace for New Beginnings” has the potential to do so many great things for you as an individual and for the community as a whole. Not too many people instantly forgive people when they say or do something ridiculous, right? In the mental health field, my mentor calls it “having a short memory.”
When someone has a mental health issue and breaks down, they can call people names, they can be disrespectful and rude, and they can actually become violent. Hey, wait a second, it sounds like I am talking about people in general instead of mental health patients.
Could “having a short memory” have benefits when you have to deal with anyone in any situation?
If I give my neighbor grace for a new beginning, I essentially don’t take what she said as an offense, and I maturely move past her behavior with forgiveness as my focus.
Grace for New Beginnings
- Where does the number come into play?
I became acquainted with the meaning of numbers 5 and 8 as a grown man, but long before that, as a teenager, a friend of mine told me that he and some of his friends did some calculations and determined the perfect number to be 58.
So, impressionable as I was, I marched through my late teens and early adult years seeing 58 everywhere I went. It became something I sought. As the Bible will concur, whatever you seek for, you find.
But the incidence of 58 in all kinds of media began to flabbergast me. Tomorrow Land for instance, is a movie about a chance to start over and do things right, and right in the middle of the movie, they proclaim that the world is going to end in 58 days. And they say the number twice, right?
That’s just one example. If you don’t want to be shocked by it, don’t start looking. I am telling you, the number 58 is everywhere.
So, I may have lost some of you. I may have also just shown the world how “half-cocked” I am, but I don’t care. I have lived it, and I tell you, 58 steals the number show, so to speak.
Grace for New Beginnings
After coming to the church I still attend as a young man in my late twenties, early thirties, I learned that the number 5 stands for Grace in the Bible. I also learned that the number 8 stands for New Beginnings in the scripture.
Already fully steeped in the power and presence of the number 58, you can only imagine my excitement to learn that if I put the two numbers together, I could see the fullness of God’s glory in how he had allowed me to experience my own life.
Maybe you should understand something even deeper. When I would be depressed, 58 would show up. If something horrible had happened, I would run into 58 all over the place. Several times a day in really strange ways, “my number” would pop up. No, I never used it to play the lottery. I couldn’t disrespect 58 like that!
Reality revealed itself!
So over time and with every struggle I faced, God revealed to me that He wants to give us Grace so that we can start over. He wants to empower us with the mindset of Grace for New Beginnings so that we can be at peace in the midst of the storms of life. His plan for us is for a future and a hope, and his thoughts toward us are not evil but good. He knows our struggles and sees our pain. He wants to heal our hurts and be a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
But Man’s Religions Have Confused the Power of the Truth
I want to explain three areas where 58 can make a difference in the world and then discuss the purpose for introducing 58 on this website. Please hold with me here for a moment. I promise to not be a long-winded preacher.
A new beginning of grace in our personal lives.
We can choose to cut ourselves some slack and forgive ourselves like God does. Our confession is all that is necessary. If we try to hold onto the past or beat ourselves up over our many failures, we will never be free. We will stay stuck in a place of judgment and punishment with ourselves as the the judge and the jailer. We will lock ourselves in a perfect cell of our own guilt and shame when Christ came to abolish our guilt and shame and grant us the Grace of God for a new beginning every moment of our lives. The sacrifice Jesus made overpowers every possible evil we could commit and the healing of his resurrection destroys every bondage and fixes every wound.
Psalm 103:1-6 says, “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits…
- Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
- Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;
- Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
- Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
…The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.”
That righteousness and judgment is the righteous judgment against my own oppression. I don’t have to live in bondage to my own shame, and guilt has no power over the living Son of God.
A new beginning of grace for others.
Once we have something, we can give it away to other people. And the people of God who know this are bold enough to raise their voices and extend their hands of love to those suffering in the world.
Areas of suffering that must be addressed with the Grace of God for New Beginnings:
- Victims of sexual abuse
- Any abused population
- Addicts and alcoholics
- PTSD sufferers, and
- Everyone else!
We have to be the ones to extend our hands and our hearts to offer people this awesome gift of the mindset of Grace for New Beginnings.
A new beginning of grace for the world.
I know, I am reaching now, right? Truthfully, God said that He is not willing that any should perish. And he sent us into the world to do the work. Check out the main page of this site for that explanation.
This mindset, once accepted, would infect the hearts of everyone in contact.
Therefore, I dedicate this portion of Christians.comeonwithit.com, henceforth now and forevermore, to stories of people doing great things to bring 58, Grace for New Beginnings, to the world.