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Starting Can Be Hard

January 02, 2018 | JJ Getz

Don’t get me wrong, starting the coffee in the morning isn’t hard. That one comes easy. But other beginnings can be more of a challenge.

New job?

Rarely is it as simple as placing a framed photo of your family on a desk and instantly producing amazing work. Most of the time, it’s a lot of boring stuff for a while. Learning the quirks of an organization. Requesting meetings from people who relish in knowing more than you. Listening rather than offering your opinion. Completing small projects to demonstrate your skills. Occasionally receiving the opportunity to lead a meeting or call, only to realize that you don’t have all the facts and you aren’t taken seriously.

Or if you’re hired to be a “change agent,” you might immediately make changes––hiring and firing, shuffling organizational structures, an iconoclast applauded for being disruptive. But then you’re suddenly required to pivot and lead people who are terrified that every meeting with you is going to end with a severance package and an invitation to clean out their desks.

Now imagine that you’re the Son of God. No big deal, right? Just show up and save the world.

Only it’s a politically charged landscape filled with oppression and exploitation. And the spiritual situation isn’t any better.

Jesus walks into the middle of total chaos and begins the most remarkable career in human history. In the span of three years, he literally changes everything.

Upends the status quo. Develops leaders out of blue-collar workers. Heals broken bodies. Teaches a new doctrine that shocks the spiritual establishment. Gives new life to dead hearts.

There’s a lot you can learn from Jesus’ early ministry, whether you’re starting something new this year, or just working through a difficult season. So start the coffee and join us on Sunday at 9 or 10:30am for our new teaching series–It Begins


JJ Getz is Digital Content Manager at New Charlotte. Like you, she often wonders what exactly that means. She and her husband, Ben, live in a tiny apartment with their two small children, a kazoo, three hand drums and a ukulele.