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Published on: 04 Jun 2012 by inside_out
New. Don't we just love that word? I mean, I don't know about you, but I love the smell of a new perfume, or the feel of a soft new shirt on my skin. Or the fresh look of those bright new shoes (if you're like me you bought them without remembering that the ground... is kinda dirty... lol).
Having something new can feel like the best thing in the world. But why? Why don't we like things that are "old?"
I think it's because WE are "old." Not necessarily "old" as in 82 years old, but old as in no longer fresh. Don't you sometimes just get that feeling like every day is just the same? That you're dragging the same old baggage behind you every day - same old habits, same old quirks, same old you.
If you look at it that way, life sounds kinda glum. But I'm here to tell you that it doesn't have to look that way! I called this folder "A little smile on a rainy day" because that's what I want it to be. Truth is, this world is rather gloomy. Now, I don't mean that it's always cloudy out - rather, that our attitudes can be kinda cloudy. A lot of people are stuck in the "old, old, old" attitude.
So, how are you supposed to fix this? It's simple - become new! Now, keep in mind, I said simple, which doesn't mean easy. Something can be simple in concept but hard to execute.
Every day is a brand new day - a brand new chance to become a brand new you. You see, I have this really close friend who promises to make me new every day, every hour, every minute of my life (his name is Jesus, btw). But there is a catch - I guess I'll explain it via metaphor.
Okay, this is gonna sound weird, but it's kinda true. So, I have an iPod touch, but it's from the last generation - I bought it about a year ago. So when I went to buy a case close to when I bought the iPod itself, there weren't a lot to chose from, but I got a durable, solid purple one. So, I liked it, since I like the color purple, but I didn't LOVE it, ya know? Well, when my little sister got a iPod touch (this generation), we revisited that aisle in the store with all the iPod accessories - and they had so many cool cases! I just NEEDED to buy one. So I did... and guess what? It didn't fit. Turns out my iPod was too big... and I even broke the new case trying to fit it on (don't worry, it was just a crack). But this is kindof the lesson I want to share... you can't fit the OLD iPod into the NEW iPod case. In the same way, you can't expect to have a NEW attitude and mindset if you can't let go of your OLD baggage.
A verse that I really like puts it perfectly: "You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness." Ephesians 3:22-24
I like this verse because it makes it as simple as 1, 2, 3.
1)Throw off the old baggage. How are you expected to have a new spring in your step if you're still carrying a 30lb backpack? This includes old, harmful habits, old attitudes, etc. This can be one of the harder steps - those old habits can be rather clingy.
2)Be made new in your attitude. This can be a lengthy process. Basically, after you've thrown out those yucky old morals, you've gotta build new ones! This is often a time of study and digging in to the word.
3)Put on the new self. This is where you get results! You've thrown out the garbage, freshened up a bit, and now you're NEW. This is the part that makes it all worth it.
Sounds rough? That's okay. It can be, but the nice thing is you have a friend with you the whole way!