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Be Made New

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My devotions this week included the story of Sodom and Gomorrah –which I had forgotten this was from Genesis, I was thinking it was later in the OT–but anywhoo…  In the commentary by David Preuss he made several points that fit perfectly with my theme this week on the blog that I just have to share with you.

“There has been no ‘golden age’…yet there is a great temptation to begin living in the past.”

“Nostlgia for the past is understandable.  If it becomes a hindrance to positive forward action it is destructive.  It will harden its adherents into an unmoving block of salt.”

Well said David Preuss.

We all know someone who is so bitter about the past that it colors every relationship of now because they just can’t let go. Maybe it is even our self.  I know I have been there, and when I finally realized the truth of the situation it improved those relationships dramatically.

We all know that person who still reminds everyone of their “glory days”, yet have nothing to show for a new life.

We all know that person who demands that life was so much less violent before–um, hello?  Have you studied any of the revolutions?

Maybe kids were more respectful and independent long ago–they were also orphaned as children, worked in factories (child labor), and grew up poor.  Wait…weren’t half of them refugees from European countries?  Isn’t that how most Americans originally got here?

We must remember there is always the other side of the past–the parts we hide from ourselves to make it all look better in our memory.

There is also the other half of our TODAY:  being made NEW!  We have an opportunity every single stinking day to get it right.  Especially when we call on Jesus to help us with that.  Remember our focus yesterday?  Light and love.  Love and light.  That is part of being made new.  And it can be awesome when we let ourselves enjoy a new day, a new opportunity, a new reality every day.

And if you want a little music inspiration to help:  Lincoln Brewster’s “Made New”

 

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Forget the Former Things

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This should be a good way to start the new year, right?  But it is so darn hard!  That is the reality.  It is hard not to sit and think about what people have said or done, or what we have said or done.  Whether it be good or bad.

But each day is fresh, new, an opportunity to start again, an opportunity to live and love like Jesus.  It is a day to follow what God calls us to do.  It is a time to be open to what will  happen.  It is a moment that we can praise.

So….Dear God–We pray that you will clear our hearts and minds of what has happened in the past–minutes, hours, days, months, years.  We pray that you will focus our hearts and minds on what is available to us in this moment.  And we pray that you will lead us to make the absolute most out of it.  Thank you God for always listening, leading and loving.  Amen

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