Fresh Start

By: Brittany Horchner

Throughout one’s life, many different stages will take place. There can be seasons of growth, discovery, destruction, and rebuilding. Each type of season brings new lessons and new challenges. The word rebuild means to restore and make new something that has been broken. Currently, I am in a season of rebuilding.

In my current job, I challenge the people I encounter to evaluate their lives and make any changes to help them cope better through life’s difficulties. In my own life, there are moments when I am faced with my own decisions or events that impact me. Recently, I have noticed there are things in my past that I have not yet faced as well.

About 10 years ago, I lost a lot of my friends. That year I also lost trust in humanity. As a result, I have built up walls around myself to protect me. For a while, I put blame on the people around me, but in actuality there were some things that I needed to work through internally. It was not until a couple of months ago that I was brought to the realization that I played a role in the hurt and had to truly work through what happened. As a result, I am working to rebuild. Sophia Bush once said, “You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously.” To me, this quote reminds me that it is okay to face the ugly parts of my life in order to rebuild.

I want to take the time to reiterate that it is okay to be working through difficult times in one’s life and rebuilding. Through the ugly parts of the rebuilding stage, you are still worthy of love. Sometimes people forget to acknowledge their worth in this stage because of choices they have made or what has happened to them. Despite bad decisions that might have occurred , you are still worthy of love. Despite the pain and hurt that others have caused you, you are worthy of love.

I also want to remind you that this rebuilding stage does not last forever. Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 says, “For everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.”

The season of rebuilding is meant to make you stronger and healthier. It won’t always be easy or pretty, but it is worth it. Do the necessary work and remind yourself that you are allowed to be a work in progress while also fully living your life.

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