To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions

CHAPTERS AND PAGES

Posted on May 22, 2017 by Brian Seewald, Youth and Family Pastor

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Well…here we are once again! Whether you are a part of the “school system” or not, most would agree that the transition from May to June brings about much change. It is the season for graduations, weddings, new places to live, summer vacations, and the list goes on. For some in their journey, it is new words, sentences or paragraphs that are to be written; for others it is a new page or even a new chapter that they are about to script out. In all of these ways, change is inevitable; it is a part of life.
 
So, what is it for you? Whether it is the change of a season or even just a normal change from one day to the next, I am often reminded of the word “new”. The word “new” is mentioned many times in the Bible. The following are several ways “new” is mentioned in the Word that strikes a chord with me:
 
A New Day: “A new day will dawn on us from above because our God is loving and merciful.”
(Luke 1:78)
 
A New Self: “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its 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 4:22-24)
 
A New Creation: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
 
A New Song: “Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.
(Psalm 96:1)
 
New Mercies: “Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
(Lamentations 3:21-22)
 
A New Thing: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland”
(Isaiah 43:18-19)
 
A New Heaven and Earth: “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.”
(Isaiah 65:17)
 
God is all about creating something new. Are you ready for something new? God doesn’t look at yesterday and say, “That was good enough…let’s remain the same!” He sees the past as a means to something greater in the future. He sent His one and only Son for something great for you and me for all eternity: complete restoration and life with Him! Oh, what a “new” day that will be! Until then, make “new” a part of your every day. Whether it be a new self or a new song, let God motivate you to move forward and toward the new chapters and pages that will be written in your story as a part of His story!


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