Karalee and I bought our first home in 2011. It is a home that is full of character, or in other words, it’s old. The walls reveal years of incidental collisions, and its steps are shaped by the gradual wear of foot traffic. It is our home and we love it.
I am quickly discovering that the lists of home improvements and projects seem to grow quicker than the list of completed tasks.
Some things can be restored, like old sturdy floorboards, and some things need to be replaced. There is a beautiful balance to be achieved between the old and the new, between what was, and what could be.
The New Year always seems to serve as a welcome checkpoint for our lives. A moment to pause, to celebrate and to look forward. We realise the parts of our work, relationships and family life that need to be evaluated. Balance is questioned; we dream about what is to come and we plan for the year ahead.
Our lives are moving forward and growing, God is stretching us, looking for us to make more room for Him in our everyday. Some things will need to be restored, others replaced.
“No one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins.” Mark 2:22 (NIV).
Our future in Christ is bold and challenging. We cannot cram Jesus into our old ways of thinking, or try and fit His message around our old ideas of life.
Our lives have been made new (2 Cor 5:17), though our minds and our character will need ongoing renewal. Our lives must remain open.
Some of our thoughts, habits and plans will simply need to make way for something new, others will need to be brought to God again in worship and surrender and be restored.
So.. “forget the former things, do not dwell on the past” Isaiah 43:18 (NIV).
The year to come is full of possibility, full of opportunity and full of God discovery. Make the most of it.
Happy 2012. A year of all things new.