“If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” –2 Corinthians 5:17
So, I was the kid that lined up all my school supplies (trapper keeper included), carefully laid out my new outfit and probably would have slept with my shoes on if mom would let me. Eagerness for a new school year nearly consumed me. I couldn’t wait to meet my new teacher, catch-up with friends, show off my sweet friendship bracelets from summer camp and, oh yeah, learn.
The beginning of a new school year, of anything really, is marked by excitement and perhaps a tinge of anxiety. The uncharted territory of a new class, a new grade, a new school, ushers in uncertainty. A freshly minted kindergartner or college student leaves the comfort of the known, the familiar, for a new adventure. The old is not forgotten, it becomes a steady foundation, a step stool to peek into the future.
“If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation.”
So, I wonder. How are you being made new? This lifelong faith of ours calls us to renewal throughout all the ages and stages in life.
How is Christ making you new? Perhaps a new job, a new hobby, a new relationship. These experiences teach us about God, and about ourselves. When we step boldly from comfort zone, into a new adventure – God promises to show up.
On August 24, we will celebrate the new school year with Blessing of the Backpacks – a reminder that wherever we go, God is with us. A reminder that God is with us in excitement and uncertainty. A reminder that in Christ, we are a new creation.
It’s just a thought!