Imagine your journey on the road to a right S.T.A.R.T. as a wagon wheel. Each of the letters we have examined thus far is a spoke in this wheel. If S.T.A.R. forms the spokes in the wheel, then the final letter, “T.,” is the wheel’s hub, or center. The hub is the point where the spokes come together in a wheel. This is the central part of the wheel which attaches to the axle and allows the wheel to rotate.
S.T.A.R. may get off to the right start, but without the final “T,” it is impossible to maintain our motion in the right direction. Here is why: the “T” stands for “Trust God to help us succeed.” If we do not entrust the final outcome of restarting to God, then we cannot maintain our motion in the right direction. Unforeseen difficulties, negative opinions of others about our efforts, shame and regret from the circumstances which brought us to this point, and fatigue from what seems like a constant, uphill battle will be like heavy weights which encumber our progress — unless we trust God for victory. He will not only help us S.T.A.R.T. well, but He will also help us succeed in the end.
If you are a Christian struggling to S.T.A.R.T. off right after failure, loss, or disappointment (and I cannot think of any Christians who have not experienced at least one of these), then pray this prayer:
Lord, I want to get off to the right start. I have been disappointed by my circumstances, by people, and by myself; but I want to move forward. Help me to stop blaming others for my disappointment. Open my eyes so I can honestly take inventory of my life. Then help me to change those areas which need to change. Help me to act in faith so that I can experience growth and closeness to You. I also want to refocus my thinking so that my mind concentrates on things which are true and pure. Finally, I want to put the outcome of my efforts and starting over in your hands. I believe you will help me succeed. Thank you for all of these things. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
- Stop blaming others
- Take inventory
- Act in Faith
- Refocus your thoughts
- Trust God to help you succeed
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.