How We Start

by:  Megan Williams, 2015 Crossroads Summer Camp Staff

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5

When I was younger, my dad insisted that I learn how to drive a stick shift. I think one of the reasons was, “what if you were stuck on an island and the only car was a stick shift?” I didn't see that as a valid reason, nonetheless, my dad took me out to our trusted Jeep and made me learn. I quickly learned that it a lot more complicated to start a stick shift than an automatic automobile. You have to be in the right gear... There’s this thing called a clutch. To start the car, you have to apply an appropriate amount of pressure to both the clutch and the gas pedal. But if you don't, you will “kill it,” which basically means the engine turns off on its own. I must have killed that Jeep at least 20 times the first time I tried to drive it! 

The stick shift driving lesson was much more than a driving lesson, but also a life lesson:  How you start matters. If I didn’t start that Jeep just right, it wasn’t going to move. I have come to believe that the same is true of our lives with Christ. If we don’t start the right way, we are not going to get very far. 

The passage above refers to the very first thing John wrote in his gospel. Why is the location of the passage important? Because this was John’s starting place. Before he wrote anything else, John needed to write this:


God was there from the beginning. 

He created everything. 

He is life. 

He is light. 

And darkness cannot overcome Him. 


So, how do we start? Just like John did:  by knowing who God is. 


He is Creator. 

He is our life; He is our light. 

And in Him, we have the victory. 


We need to start each phase of life, each new challenge, every day, right here – in the truths of who God is. We need to know His power and His character. God is for us and has already won the victory. If we start anywhere else, it's easy to lose sight and give up. But when we know who God is, then we always have a reason to lean into more than we are and persevere because, “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

How we start is important. 

About the Author:

Megan Williams finished her freshman year at Indiana Wesleyan University, and currently serves Crossroads Summer Camp in her first year on staff. After graduating with degrees in ministry and community development, Megan plans to fulfill her calling in ministry by empowering people to live full lives dedicated to the Savior.   

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