Carol Roth on New Beginnings


by Carol Roth. Carol lives in Clinton, Mississippi, and is a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. She works as staff leader for Native Mennonite Ministries. She and her husband, Mark, serve at Nanih Waiya Indian Mennonite Church in Preston, Mississippi, where Mark is pastor. Carol is the Mennonite Women USA board representative from Native Mennonite Ministries. 

This month is new beginnings for our family. We have a High School graduate, a college graduate and a graduate school graduate. High School diploma, bachelor’s degree and master’s degree. Each graduate set their own goal and accomplished it.

In life we each have a goal we set (whether it is a formal goal or an informal goal) that we want to accomplish. To some it may seem like an easy goal and to others it may be a long journey with many ups and downs.

Philippians 3:13-14 says: “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

May we forget what is behind, reaching toward what is ahead despite of what ups, downs or stumbling blocks we may encounter. As we press towards the goal that we have set and once we have accomplished may we say, “It is Well.”

2 thoughts on “Carol Roth on New Beginnings

  1. Kathy Bilderback on said:

    Carol–New beginnings indeed and quite a month of celebrations! These are all milestones worth celebrating. Thanks for the reminder to press on to reach the goal of “it is well”. I am reminded over and over that through the ups and downs, God and God’s community rides the roller coasters of life with us. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Wow, Carol, new beginnings indeed. It is good to pause, take a big breathe – or two – and reflect on those accomplishments. I think it helps give you the incentive and strength to start moving towards your next goal. Congratulations to your whole family!

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