New Year, New You
I love the fresh start of a New Year. Anything and everything
seems possible, right? We rid ourselves of the old and make
room for and welcome the new. We allow that seed of new
hope and expectation to take root and then we make sure to
nurture it. It’s truly a beautiful thing!
I was reading a sermon the other day where the preacher
likened our approach to each New Year to the molting of a
You see, to mature, lobsters must rid themselves of their old,
hard, protective shell and develop a new, larger one. It’s an ugly
and messy process. Under the pressure of new growth, the old
shell cracks, and the lobster lies on its side, flexing its muscles
and pulling itself from the cracked shell. During a short period,
the lobster is naked and extremely vulnerable to the elements.
Just like the lobster, we go through bouts of change that are
sometimes ugly or painful, yet allow us to become stronger and
better than we were before.
That’s exactly what becoming a Christian is all about—
breaking from the old habits and embracing the new
characteristics of God. When we do this, we’re often
vulnerable but eventually, this change makes us more resilient
and buoyant than we were before. God pulls us from our
cracked shells, toughens us up, and gives us a sturdier
foundation from which to live our lives.
AND HOPE DOES NOT PUT US TO SHAME, BECAUSE GOD’S
LOVE HAS BEEN POURED OUT INTO OUR HEARTS
THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHO HAS BEEN GIVEN TO US.