All Things New

I’ve begun reading Three Cups of Tea, and am loving it. Sometimes I get a little lost in their writing, which sometimes reminds me of my own, ha–the same complex semantic wanderings that lead me back to the beginning of the sentence to reread it (however their writing is superbly better than mine). But it’s also a book, like The Hole in Our Gospel by Rich Sterns,  that I can scarcely read without jumping up to go accomplish all of those things I’ve been storing in my heart to do. I read, jittering in my chair, suspended between wanting to read on and wanting to close the book to spring into action. I have to remind myself that much more studying and absorbing has to be done before I can produce anything. But I’m glad I have inspiration spurring me on all the same.

This is how I’m approaching this New Year, but not in relation to the year itself. I feel as though my usual celebratory nature has been pureed. My excitement for activity has not diminished, but my usual desire to make much meaning out of events has. I think that this is because I am placing much less emphasis on the symbols of change and progress, and transferring that enthusiasm towards the processes of change and progress themselves. My tendency towards signifying everything–categorizing, and parceling out moments of transformation–has waned. I’m not sure if this is a phase, or if I am beginning to learn that movement itself is what is to be celebrated. However, I am still writing on the first of the year.

What a turbulent first day, too! The weather has been constant in its violence, and transitory in its beauty. Right now, it’s clogged like a stuffy nose outside, whereas this morning, at least for a few moments, the sun shone with pensive glory through the clouds. A prediction for this year? We are all pondering what the future holds and part of me would wish to make much of this weather as a sign of the year.

But I do not wish to remain in my broody attitude, and will not curse this year the same. As a dear friend has recently said, 2010 will be a year of change from what we have known. And I strongly agree. Despite the way this last year has slipped by silently, something has changed. I’m not going to recite glib philosophies about “clean slates,” but I do hold something much stronger–that God’s mercies are new every morning.

This morning, my father sent something out that blessed me,

“The changing of the calendar always causes me to ponder.  It’s unreasonable to believe that the beginning of a new rotation of the earth around the sun should cause any of the events from last year’s rotation not to effect the new one.  It’s merely a representation to me of what the Bible refers to as ‘newness.’
Romans 6:4 and 5 says this – ‘Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.’ (NIV)
A similar verse, II Corinthians 5:17 says, ‘Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.’ (NASB)
If you’ve received Christ as your Savior, it’s evident that you didn’t wake up the day after that experience with completely different behavior patterns, likes and dislikes, new habits and outlook.  You probably felt like the same old person in many ways.  However, something DID change!  You received the Spirit of God into your life and now have new POTENTIAL to live in a way that’s different than before.”
Maybe that’s the idea I’m searching for–the idea of potential for this new year.
Like this blog. I would LOVE to promise I would write once a week. I will try, and maybe hopefully more. Indeed, I will probably be changing my title because a weekly duel with a keyboard is not the tone I want to set (I was just frustrated when I set it up, initially, remembering all of my former blogging promises, ha). Not only that, I have no theme for this yet, so let’s hope one develops. But yes, I revel in the potential for this blog and I will set no other expectations on myself. New Years goals are good–and important–but for now, I will set this up with the hope that I will write whenever possible and the promise that I will push myself more than before to make something of it–something that will be a blessing to others.
Happy New Year everyone! May the Lord bless and keep you, and give you new plans and new purposes for this year.

1 thought on “All Things New”

  1. Mark Joneschiet

    That’s the spirit, honey! I want to encourage you to keep this up weekly and to keep challenging yourself. (Thanks for adding my thoughts as well!)

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