The end of another year blends into the beginning of a new one by the simple passing of days. It’s the same process that happens all year long, but when those few days end one thing and begin another, they are noteworthy.
There are some things in the “old” that need to be shed. Cut away. Dropped off. However, there are also some things in the “old” that are critical to hang onto.
Traditions, practices, and patterns can be good or bad. It depends on their purpose. If your traditions are empty and void of meaning, maybe it’s time to cut them away. If, however, they are a reminder of things that matter most, hold them tightly to your heart.
With a new year, a new opportunity, a new habit or pattern – can come the fresh new touch that is needed to keep life vibrant and interesting. Fresh perspective can help keep hope alive. New information and experiences can bring greater understanding.
Yet it is the blending of the two, where the old flows into the new, that the element of real living happens. Jesus works to bring new life all the time. He will always be the Creator. He is making all things new. If you let Him, Jesus will fill each moment of your life to overflow with the fresh “new” of His own life. He adds new memories to what is already meaningful. The Lord also commands you to hold tightly to all His commands and promises. And He erases what should not be there. Jesus is a God of endings and beginnings even while He provides continuity between the two.
What can you focus on as one year slips into another? As one moment slips into a new moment? What valuable traditions, those tried and true cornerstones, can you bring forward to aid you as you live another year? As you live another week? Another day? Another moment?
Similarly, what fresh new things can you make room for in your heart and schedule?
Ask the Lord for wisdom, power, intimacy and peace as you intentionally work to marry the old with the new of your life. After all, He is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. (Is. 9:6)
You can receive:
- Wisdom from Wonderful Counselor.
- Power is available through Mighty God.
- Intimacy and belonging from Everlasting Father.
- And, yes – you receive peace from the Prince of Peace!
God is also the Extraordinary Strategist! Only He knows how to blend the “fresh old” and the “valuable new” in your life. He knows how to marry the best of both in the very place you actually live out your life – the NOW that always exists between the old and the new.
(To explore more about weaving the old and the new together, check out my book Celebrate Advent: A Life Response to Emmanuel, Day 3.)
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