“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” — Ephesians 4:22-24
A Fresh Start
As we move into the start of a new football season, every team’s slate is wiped clean. There is excitement in fanbases across the country because this season’s story has not been told yet. On both the collegiate and professional level, everyone is back in title contention for at least a little while. What happened last year doesn’t determine what will happen this season. Each team has the opportunity to prove itself on the field and chase after the goals it has set.
When we enter into a relationship with Christ, we’re given a fresh start too. No matter what our past looks like, God welcomes us with open arms. Jesus died on the cross so that we don’t have to be defined by the mistakes we’ve made. We can look forward to the future instead of dwelling on the past. God’s unconditional grace and mercy allow us to live full of hope and confidence.
This fresh start God offers us should change the way we approach life. Part of being thankful for what He’s done is demonstrating our gratitude through what we say and do. We’re going to mess up along the way, but that shouldn’t stop us from trying our best to imitate Christ. Let’s chase after God with everything we’ve got and make the most of the blank slate He’s given us.
— Joshua Doering
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