Be All the Way New

 

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It’s always interesting to me to see the backlash people get over their New Year’s declarations. “New Year, New Me!” We’ve all heard it, and we’ve probably all seen the negative posts or the rolling of eyes of the naysayers and nonbelievers. Although I despise the negativity, I do see the  basis for it. We make these declarations only to end up the “same old me” shortly after.

Why? Why is this? Are we just lying to ourselves when we say “New Year, New Me”? Do we not intend to do better, become better, and live the abundant life that God has called us to live? Of course we are not lying. Of course we intend to change and become better people.

So what is the issue? 2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” So what’s the problem? We’ve turned our lives over to Christ. We should be a new creation right? Wrong. What proceeds the new is the getting rid of the old. We’ve got to get rid of the old to embrace the new. We’ve got to get rid of ALL of the old to embrace the new. I repeat, we’ve got to get rid of ALL of the old to embrace the new.

Joyce Meyer said it best when she said, “If you’re going to be new, be all the way new.”

We want to become new people while still holding on to parts of the old. Parts that we know do not represent the new creation that we want to become. Beginning new starts with new thoughts, new actions, and new associations. All three must be new in order to become new.

New thoughts without new actions leave us with the same behaviors that are inhibiting us from becoming more like Christ. Aristole tells us that “we are what we repeatedly do.” We can’t claim to  be different while acting the same way as before. We all know (or are) the person who talks the talk, but doesn’t walk the walk. Let your actions reflect your values.

New actions without new thought patterns will help us temporarily, but we’ve got to change what’s on the inside, or it will eventually make its way out. Proverbs 23:7 says “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” One can only put up a façade for so long. I can only pretend to be new for a certain amount of time before my old true colors begin to show.

New thoughts and new actions without new associations gets tricky. Many of us overestimate our willpower. We believe that we can hang around people who do not reflect our new life, new goals, new thoughts and new behaviors and remain unaffected. 1 Corinthians 15:33 says, “Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.” Yes, it is possible to bring people up, but not of your own will. We’ve got to pray and let God deal with the hearts of those who are dear to us, but should not be near to us.

So let’s all proclaim New Year, New Me.” Let’s let go of the old ways of thinking, the old ways of acting, and the old associations that are blocking us from becoming our best selves. Let us also remember that we are ALL constantly evolving. My evolution may not look like yours. Let’s grant others the grace and mercy that the Lord has granted us to become new on our own timeline.

“Blessed are the  merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7

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