Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! – 2 Corinthians 5:17
In 2017, let’s be NEW!!! Let’s be renewed creations in Christ. Much like the yearly closet cleaning we do in our homes, let’s do some cleaning of our attitudes and actions. Have you slipped on doing daily devotions? there’s no time like NOW to start up again?
If there is one thing I’ve learned on my weight loss journey, it is… if you mess up, don’t beat yourself up about it – just do better tomorrow! Eat what you should, move when you should and do the right things. It’ll be okay – it really will.
Feeling guilty or shameful is counter productive. Move forward and do better. Yesterday is gone. There’s not a thing you can do about yesterday. Move toward tomorrow. The future is waiting – and your Bible sets on the coffee table. Just go pick it up and read a passage today. Keep a journal if you want to. You know, there are now journaling Bibles available. I keep a notebook journal, but I think journaling is a helpful tool.
If there are things you need to throw away, throw them away. Attitudes, actions, chocolate. Whatever it is – God knows and that’s good enough. It’s sure none of my business. Toss what you need to toss to get right with the Lord again. Ask Him to forgive the sin and ask Him to help you stay away from it in the future. We all mess up, but God is faithful to help us when we humbly ask for it.
Once you’ve handed all of the old to God… turn and walk away. Put your hope and trust in God’s ability to clean up your act. You’ll assuredly be tempted again because the enemy is still busy, but God is stronger and with His help you can resist temptation.
A new year… that’s great, but how much greater it is when we pair it with a renewed relationship with the LORD! I pray God’s richest blessings on your life this year! 🙂