New: adjective
1.   produced, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time; not existing before.
2. already existing but seen, experienced, or acquired recently or now for the first time.

As the New Year has just started, we tell ourselves that a new year means a new me. A new self, a new identity. We love the thought that there is endless possibilities of having a new self and the fact that we can start anew. We set goals that we want to achieve throughout the year which then you forget all about within the first few months and it just becomes a scrunched up hope, a hope to be a better you. We have goals such as, join a gym, be healthy, save money and so on and we’re so committed to it for the first few weeks of the new year but then life gets in your way and you just can’t be bothered. Don’t worry I get like that too. A lot of my goals for the year is to be a better me and to love myself just as God loves me.

When you think of the word ‘new’ what do you think?
New car, new phone, new shoes, new clothes, even a new life …
A lot of superficial things right?
What does the Bible say about new?
In  2 Corinthians 5:17 it says “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun.”
How awesome is that, those who belongs to Christ is a new creation, a new person. We don’t have to be our old selves, we don’t have to be who we once were.
In Ezekiel 36:26-27 it says “I will give you a new heart and a new mind. I will take away your stubborn heart of stone and give you an obedient heart. I will put my spirit in you and will see to it that you follow my laws and keep all the commands I have given you.”
As a new creation in Christ which means that we have accepted Jesus in our lives, repented, asked for forgiveness -> accepted the gift of salvation in other terms, our “old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Our past has been forgiven, we have been forgiven and we are no longer slaves to sin, we are no longer slaves to the earth, to what people have told us/ labeled us as. We have a new identity in Christ. We can put the year behind us, we can put our past hurt, mistakes behind us and experience new things such as joy, happiness, love, friendships and so on.

I was watching this movie yesterday called “Me Again” that was given to me as a Christmas present as that is what my sign name is as it sounds like my name. But in this movie, there was this preacher who was not happy with himself, he wanted a new life, he wasn’t happy with anything in his life, it made his family upset. So later on as he was praying asking for help, for something new. All of a sudden he was a different person, and for a week he was a new person everyday which helped him realise to not take his family for granted and he started to love himself and accept himself. It was a weird movie but overall it was pretty alright , what I took away from the movie was that new can be a mixture of good and bad. You can long for a new self, a new life and make yourself miserable because you’re not doing anything and you’re watching life go by without you. Don’t wish on a new life because you got this one so make the most of it and experience new things instead.

Take what you want out of this but Happy New Year and “Rise up, take courage and DO IT” – Ezra 10:4



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