a new past…
one day earlier this week i was wide awake at 4:30 in the morning. brewed coffee early and finished reading a book by henry cloud called integrity. in the concluding chapter he makes this statement:
“you can literally get a ‘new past’ by doing something new today.”
i am not all that big on new year’s resolutions, but i do have to admit that i’m thinking more in the last weeks about the need for a bit of a fresh start. a redirection of some of my energies. a resetting of goals. a push to complete some things that have been trapped in dream-state rather than finding their way into more of a tangible reality. and although there is nothing all that magical about 2011 changing to 2012, it does seem to offer a starting line to run my race differently. and i do agree with dr. cloud in that the new things we attempt today do give us something new in our past.
i’ve been listening to the goo goo dolls sing a song called “better days” this afternoon: http://youtu.be/i-kHleNYIDc am enjoying it as i think and type here.
how quickly our moments are gone…how quickly the present becomes past. how mercilessly time waits for nothing. for no one. that said, our God offers us another start in the morning. forgives whatever we’ve done or not done that needs forgiving from today. that is worth asking for. i snapped this sunset over the hill behind our house this week because the colors caught my eye. and because it reminded me that the day was quickly becoming my past.
all throughout the scriptures there is a theme of God making things new. it is a new year now. a new day. a chance to do something new, break the status quo, and get “a new past” starting right in this moment. happy new year, friends!