New Year’s Day i woke up with this mantra bouncing about my scrambled head. Usually it’s ‘Out with The Old & in with The New,’ but for some reason this thought kept mind flashing all day.
Out with The New … and IN WITH THE OLD. Hmmn. It IS a New Year (2013 in case you haven’t noticed.) We get all excited about New Opportunities that might be lurking around the New Year corner. We make New Resolutions to make ourselves over into Something New. We go for The New…(exercise routines, diets, organizational systems, goals etc…)
And, sometimes we discard all our old stuff – just because(!) – it’s a New Year.
New can be good (VERY GOOD) at times. Like, our New Dishwasher – a generous Christmas giftie from my siblings to Mama & Papa that replaced our old-battered & barely-functioning one. Methinks ‘twas more a gift to the Chief Cook & Bottle Washer (that would be ME) now Very Very excited with this NEW TOOL that will make kitchen life loads easier (literally! : )
New Dishwashers aside, what’s wrong with The Old?
In our humdrum lives, many of us quietly live out our faith serving others around us. Sometimes what’s right in front of us doesn’t change. Year in – year out, it stays the same.
Same old challenges. Same old mate (growing older? Together? ‘Tis not for wimps, that!) Same old status (singleton vs. married, ‘voluptuous’ vs. thin, weird(ish) vs. normal, small vs. tall…)
Same place. Same work. (Same cranky boss?) Same. Same. Same.
Mediocre melancholy blues hit. Our old dreams get shelved further back in some dusty corner of our hearts. They seem outdated. Even our faith muscles seem…old & tired.
But those same Faith Muscles got us through Hard Times. Sure, they’re OLD, but check out those layers built while trusting God. All those fervent prayers we made…& the Answers received, ‘tis occasionally good to Remember.
(This might be a Good Time to dust off those old prayer journals!)
But, there’s a great line in The Avenger’s Movie when Capt. America questions Agent Coulson about his WWII uniform: “Aren’t the Stars & Stripes a little… old fashioned?” Agent Coulson replies, “in these times…People might just need a little old fashioned.”
It’s not always about ‘what’s in it for me?’ but ‘what’s in me for it?’ – whatever the difficult task ahead or the same old stuff on our plates.
In this New Year, maybe it’s time to ask God for the grace to see “The Old” in a New Way, with New Eyes. Before we discard, dismiss ‘The Old’ as invalid to throw out of our of hearts & lives, let’s go back for another look-see…
grace, peace & New Year Perspective(s)
Virginia : )
p.s. ‘Tis a New Year & Virginia the Blogger has been at it for 1 & 1/2 yrs (yaaay!) Surviving the post-a-day Advent Challenge (just barely, with a few down to the wire & one even posted at 11:59PM!), we’re now back to plotting two-ish posts per week (3 if REALLY prolific.) Last year started Wednesday photographs (to get at least one in.) Methinks that’s still a Good Idea. Hopefully will get back into regular movie mentions… (& review grooves!)
alas, Lent is coming & ’twill still be decided, that… but, as for today! It’s almost Epiphany…