A New Creation
- easily bored
- risk takers
- colour outside the lines
- think with their hearts
- make lots of mistakes
- hate the rules
- work independently
- change their mind a lot
- have a reputation for eccentricity
- dream big
Have you ever dyed your hair or bought a new outfit and immediately felt a little better about yourself? Maybe you entered a new relationship or started a new job, and suddenly, you felt like you were being given a fresh start. Whether big or small, we have all experienced some kind of positive change in our lives and for many of us, it can serve as a good confidence booster.
However, as women who follow Christ, we must continue to cling to the truth that our confidence has to be in the new life that we find in Christ. It is important that we are honest with ourselves and really take the time to ask questions like: "What makes me excited about getting out of bed in the morning? What am I looking forward to when I the day is over and I just want to wind out? Is it Christ? Or is it something/someone else?"
Challenge yourself on a daily basis with these questions. Think about the time you spend surfing the web or gathering with friends or watching television. What things are you really looking into in order to get that confidence or ego boost?
In the same way that the Apostle Paul is challenging the church of Corinth to steer away from the a worldly point of view, we must learn to do this as well. The joy that you find in everyday life should be centered on the joy that you find in your life in Christ. Let Jesus be the one who makes your day! Be excited and grateful about what He is doing in your life, not because it's payday. Not because that one guy you've been talking to is finally taking you more seriously. Let Jesus be the one making you new and making you excited about the life God has given you! In Him, there is a fresh start like none other.
So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! - 2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (NIV)