What’s new at your house? Chances are, if you’re like a lot of us, you’re starting a new school year. I love the start of a new school year for a whole bunch of reasons. Running a close second to freshly sharpened pencils (my clear #1 reason) is the chance to do things differently. Create new patterns, habits, routines, ways of doing the everyday.
Sometimes our everyday stuff needs a little fresh air. No better time than the early days of fall to open the doors and let a little something new in. My big kids started school a few weeks ago, but my littlest little just started preschool this week. I’ve got 2 mornings a week now of… quiet.
I’m excited to start new things with this little bit of time on my hands. Beginning a new class at the gym, discovering new parts of our city, making new friends. But while I’ve been lacing up my tennis shoes and sharpening my pencils, the Lord has been whispering something to me…
Behold, I am making all things new…
In his grace, Jesus wants in on my “new.” He wants me to experience him in new ways, he wants to show me new things. And he actually wants to make me new. Not just new schools and new routines, but a new… me. Jesus knows all about new. He creates new. I want in on that.
I’m encouraged to seek him in new ways. And I’ll encourage you to do the same. Pray out loud as you take a walk (it’s ok, people will think you’re talking on the phone). Carry your journal in the car to write down what you’re hearing him say. Take your Bible outside. Turn the music up loud, or off. Download an audio Bible on your phone. Ask him for new ideas: “Jesus, how can I experience you in a new way?” I think he’ll really like that question.
Being in the middle of “new” is a great place to be. Want to join me in doing new things? What ideas do you have on seeking Jesus in new ways?
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