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Nothing / Everything New

Posted January 14, 2015 in Ankeny, Community Featured, Email blast

Time to lose weight.  Time to try a new job.  Time to fix a relationship.  Time to start over. Time to forgive. Time to really live…its THAT time of year.

With the new year upon us, some feel obligated or compelled to start something new.  2015 feels like as good of a time as any to finish the project we’ve let slip or to find that waistline we let get away from us.  What a shame.John Wagner

Don’t let me to dissuade you from the “NEW,” making new and/or healthy choices.   I too will be trying some new things in 2015.  But what a shame that we only remember to focus on repairing relationships or repairing ourselves because of the date on the calendar – 1/1/2015.

In his second letter to the church of Corinth, the Apostle Paul reminds people of faith that we have an opportunity to be part of something new every day.  “So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!”  This statement has nothing to do with “2015” and everything to do with an offer to have new life each day.  More than that, when we accept the forgiveness and new life offered to us in Christ Jesus, we become ambassadors of newness and righteousness.  What in the world does that mean??

You know that feeling of excitement you get when you watch the ball drop on New Years Eve?  Imagine if we lived in such a way that people in Ankeny got just as excited when they saw us coming.  LOOK, here come those people who LIVE in newness, who share freely with strangers, who are concerned with brokenness and injustice!  I’d like to be a part of that!! THAT is living as an ambassador of newness and righteousness each day.

It really becomes our choice.  By the time you read this article, it will be closer to mid-January, and already many of us will have started living in our “old” ways; nothing new to see anymore.  But could there still be newness all around?  Could your example of love and compassion change Ankeny and create an excitement and love that includes everyone in “new life”?

Each of us can decide TODAY whether everything is new or nothing is new anymore.  I choose everything.  I choose Jesus.  I choose to acknowledge my imperfections but still push toward perfect intentions.  I choose life.  I say that everything and everyone can feel new; not because of me but the light of Christ which makes me new.

Information provided by John Wagner. associate pastor, Christian Life Center, Ankeny First United Methodist Church.

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