One New Thing

One New Thing. By Dawn Stanley
This is, in fact, another "start your year off right" blog, sorry. If you're like me, I see the glass as half full and the new year is exciting for me. I love NEW!  I'm ready to do all the things and do all things to the best of my ability and deliver something amazing with all the things. Reality is that the glass pretty much stays at the same capacity...half. I just went in a complete circle and didn't really do all the things.

My journals have had the same things written in the first few days of January for years:
......inspired by these verses

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

Lamentations 3:22-23  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.

Isaiah 43:19 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.

Revelation 21:5  He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

New is so much more exciting than the same old. The honest truth is I have had the same OLD set of goals for a very long time. To put it simply, I know what I should do but I don't do it. The things that I do instead or shouldn't be doing seem to take precedence consistently. So, I can go in the same OLD circles.

I take a little comfort in the fact that Paul said this in Romans 7:15-20  I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.  And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.  Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

A few years back instead of all the new things, I tried doing just one. That one thing became a habit. The next year I did one thing. I then had 2 new habits. The following year I did 1 new thing until that became a I have 3 new things. You get the idea. So, I'm going to encourage you to do one new thing.

The optimist or what I hope is actually the faith in me says God has all the NEW THINGS for me and in His strength I can do all the things but because I'm a stinking human it may be at a slower pace. I have to make room for my own inadequacies a.k.a sinful nature. The seasons, years, days, God's mercies and all the new things take time. One new day at a time.

   Happy NEW year!- Dawn
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Darlys - January 30th, 2023 at 10:27pm

Good perspective!