Life

Kill the Old, Embrace the New

You can imagine how my eyes popped out of my head when the preacher at church started talking about murder.

Whoa! I thought. What’s going on here????

Murder is not something you expect to hear discussed in church, that’s for sure and certain. However, I can assure you that my preacher wasn’t talking about physical murder but metaphorical. He was talking about the killing of one’s old self in order to embrace the new.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2. Cor 5:17

I like the idea of being a new creature. When I walked into the church, I left a week of YUCK behind me. In fact, when the preacher asked how many people had tried to be better people during the week, I sure was glad that I was in the majority of those who did NOT raise their hands.

You see, I had forgotten about trying to be a better person. It had been a long week of just pedaling. In fact, it was so bad that yesterday I merely collapsed and slept the majority of the day. At night time, I had no problems falling asleep, either. I was exhausted. Mentally. Physically. Spiritually.

Leaving church, I realized that I would happily murder the ME from last week. She didn’t stop to do much of anything godly. Sure, there was laughter and there was fun. There was saving another horse, which is always a great thing. But for the most part, I went about my week without reflecting on all of the blessings that surround me: the farm, the horses, my daughter, my husband, even my son who came for supper.

What can I do this week to improve?

Well, for starters, spending more time (or, rather, TIME) reading Scripture. That always makes me feel good…I’ve just been neglectful of time. There’s always so much to do on the farm: feeding horses, getting hay/grain, fixing fences, grooming horses, working horses, feeding goats, cleaning the house, etc. But we need to take time to find God. That needs to be a better priority in my life.

And I can also take more time to just be. Not work, not hurry about, not panic over how much daylight is left in comparison of how much work still needs to get done. Just be. Be in the moment. Be in the here and now. I’m getting better about doing that, but I can certainly improve.

Finally, I think relying on God more will go a long way in being a better person. Things will get done. Period. I take on an awful lot and, while I don’t see that changing too much, I definitely can turn more of it over to God. Faith will carry me through the crazy days and endless responsibilities. But I don’t have to carry those burdens alone. God can and will help me.

Anyway, those are my thoughts for today. <3

On a different note, this is a big week coming up. Shattered Mirror is releasing on Tuesday. Don’t forget to preorder. Here’s the Amazon.com link but you can also find it on Walmart.com, Christianbooks.com, BN.com, etc.


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