Out With the Old

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A lot of things in our old year don’t need to be part of our new year.

Over the holidays, I finally got around to putting up my summer stuff and getting out my winter stuff. (OK, I ‘m a little behind this year.) As I was pulling out my summer stuff I noticed some things. For one thing, some of the stuff is ugly. Other stuff may be out of style, but some of it is just ugly. It had to go. No need to keep it only to throw it out later. Other things were just worn out.. Even favorite shirts sooner or later wear out. Again, no need to keep stuff just to throw it out later.

When I sat down at my desk and studied my new calendar, I began to think: perhaps there are things in the old year that I just don’t need to bring into the new year. Just like my clothes, there are some things that are just ugly and worn out and don’t need to be kept in my new year.

There were some hard feelings in the last year; I don’t want them to be part of the new year. Grudges? No need to keep them either. Failures? Learn from them, but let them go. I could keep adding to my list, but you get my point. A lot of things in our old year don’t need to be part of our new year.

So what about you? What from your old year needs to be thrown out so you can make the most of the new year? Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.

-Ephesians 4:22-24 MSG

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