Wednesday, September 7, 2016

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Delete, Delete, Delete

Have you ever "accidentally" deleted something?
Something that after you pushed that button, you wished you could get back?

Well, that's exactly what I did Sunday morning before church.

I clicked along through my e-mails on my phone. You know the type, the ones that think their sooo smart. 

I was looking for a particular e-mail but didn't find it. I did notice, however, that I had some mail in my spam and junk folders, so being the de-clutter bug that I am I deleted them. In my enthusiasm, I went to ALL MAIL and clicked away...

I gasped, shook the phone, and groaned as I melted into an e-mail-less puddle onto the couch.

I remained in that state for a few minutes. I think a medic would have declared me in shock.

Then I wanted to get angry; I wanted to yell at the phone for not being smart enough to retrieve my lost essentials.

But I didn't; I knew it was my own fault.
Time was pressing me forward. . I had to get ready for church.

So, I scooped myself up and tried to see the good in this situation.

It's something I've been trying to do lately, to exercise my what can I be thankful for muscle.

To be honest, this was like trying to do that 50th chin-up; I wasn't sure it could be done.
(For the record, I can't do one...)

But then in the middle of getting ready, a picture came into my mind.  I could see an empty trash can with a fresh clean liner, and this thought accompanied it: a new beginning.

I grabbed a hold of that thought and embraced it.  A new beginning.

No more old e-mails from 2014 hanging out waiting for me to decide what to do with them.
No more codes that I wrote down but was too timid to get rid of the original.
Nope, a nice clean slate.

God works like this too. We must do away with the old in order to be filled with the new.
Delete, Delete, Delete.

"Therefore, if anyone is united with the Anointed One, that person is a new creation. The old life is gone - and see - a new life has begun! All this is a gift from our Creator God, who has pursued us and brought us into a restored and healthy relationship with Him through the Anointed." 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 The Voice Bible.

Yes, we are new; we should celebrate our new life in Christ everyday. His forgiveness gives us that clean slate.

My e-mail box is not empty anymore. It has already started filling up again, but now, it is filled with the things that are relevant for this season. Just like my e-mail box, our lives will begin to fill up with the things of Christ as we delete the old life and seek to live in Him.

May God bless you and may you never delete all your e-mails.