4. Celebrate the New
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Did you know old thoughts block new treasures? Although we wish we had the “old” life back—secure with jobs, freedom to travel, safe from contagious, potentially fatal diseases.
What happened to those days?
We’re not the same anymore. That’s why we need to change. We need to welcome new ways to face today with a brand-new kind of thinking. How about if we begin by answering these questions:
Where do we find hope and strength?
For many, the old habits included putting their hope and looking for strength in what the world offers. As a result, they ended up dragging their burdens, they become exhausted and discouraged.
"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
What will bring us prosperity?
Sadly, we were deceived in thinking our jobs and careers would bring satisfaction and prosperity. We had conformed to the world’s whims in order to fill our needs and quench our desires. But even when seated on the chair of disappointment, we can lean forward and receive God’s instruction:
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2,
Jobs may be gone, freedom might be compromised and our security may be shaky, but God’s will, pure and perfect remains the same.
Where should our focus be?
God’s will includes wisdom to make a drastic change, take our eyes off the circumstances and boldly declare: “I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth," (Psalm 121:1-2).
The Creator will create a new path for today, a promise for tomorrow and give us reasons to celebrate the new.
How can life be better?
Life will be different as often happens after a major setback. But also, life can be better if we rekindle our faith. And while many give up, lose their faith, we declare: “as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me," (Micah 7:7).
The upcoming chapter we enter will not only be new, but exciting. And covered by God’s grace, we boldly celebrate because even if the pandemic lingers, our paychecks are gone, God’s still present.
He hears our cries. He nods with love. He shows His power and He, and only He will lift us to higher heights.
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