• Tyler Barnes

Starting Blocks

For I am about to do something new

See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

Isaiah 43:19

I believe God wants to start something new in your life today. Something BIG, BOLD, and EXTRAORDINARY. He wants it to gush out of your soul like a spring in the desert that over time will become a river. A river that gives life to every single person in contacts. This post is my spring moment. The first step out of the boat, onto the water. I’m believing the God sized dream that is inside my heart, and I am not saying I’ll start it tomorrow, next week, or next year any longer. Today is my day.

For me there is no better day than January 1st. January 1st is a day of getting in the starting blocks for me. On January 1, 2010, I entered my first detox for drug and alcohol addiction. On January 1, 2015, I met my wife for the first time. If I hadn't been willing to let God do something new in my life, I would have missed a chance to live a life free from the chains of addiction. If I hadn't given dating one more chance, I would have missed my dream girl who is my biggest cheerleader and best friend. Those two defining starts altered the trajectory of my life in monumental ways.

Today I started a new process of journaling, I opened up an old journal my mom had given me eight years ago. It’s made of black leather with a beautiful pattern stamped on the cover. Never written in (or so I thought). t was the perfect journal to start something new. When I opened up the cover there was one entry, “I am sad for the first time. I’m not sure what all I have lost and the damage I have caused.” Living my life one high at a time, I had lived in a fog, and been a tornado through every relationship I had. I relapsed multiple times after that day, and the destruction, pain, and heartbreak would continue, but it was also the day my recovery journey started. In the journal there was also a note inside the cover that read:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11

Even though I wasn’t ready to quit that day, God had a plan for good; for a future and a hope. I didn’t know what God had in store for me then and I didn’t have to. Me knowing was not a prerequisite for God’s plan succeeding. You don’t have to see the big picture to take the first step. Join me today in starting something new, because together we can change the world.

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