“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
2 Corinthians 5:17
I can remember being a young Christian and being amazed at how fresh and exciting everything seemed to be. I may have been a bit blind to the wrong doings in the world then, but even still if I stop and take a good look around me I can strip off the layer that is put on everything by the world and see that new potential that is only found in a relationship with God.
But beyond this each of us has past lives. We’ve all done things that we wish we hadn’t in our lifetime. We’ve all had moments that we’ve not been proud of that (should) put us to shame. If we can take these moments and learn from them we’ll be able to build a far better future than we could dream of at present.
When we have the opportunity to choose a new life or fresh start however, many of us shy away. We say ‘it’s too hard’ ‘I’m scared’ ‘I could never do that’ or ‘it won’t work.’ When we choose to take this perspective on things, no, we definitely won’t find success in the new opportunity.
When we talk about having an old life and a new life, the biggest challenge is in letting the past be memories and not huge influences in everything we do. We can learn from the past, but the past should only shape us to a point. I encourage you this week to spend time in conversations with God about the new life and exciting plans He has for you.