Changing Out the Old for the New
by Eva Menachof
I like to decorate for the changing seasons and various holidays of the year. I feel like it fosters excitement in our home about the time to come and helps prepare me for what’s ahead. Sometimes it’s simply a change of the wreath on the door; other times, it’s a day’s long process of setting up various structures inside and out, swapping out pillows and blankets and dishes, and moving furniture to accommodate all of the embellishments I want to use.
I find my faith goes through similar processes. Sometimes I just need a simple adjustment to realign my priorities with the Creator; sometimes I find myself invested in time consuming work with Him, changing out old behaviors for new ones, looking within and outside of myself, and removing long standing habits to accommodate the new growth that God calls me to.
These “adjustments” God asks me to make are essential to fostering excitement in my faith and preparing me for what He has planned. The results are always new and worth the effort. While a newly decorated space is exciting, the preparation time with my Savior brings a sense of peace and contentment that nothing else can.
I am thankful Lord, that you are always working to refresh me! May I never tire of the preparation, but instead choose to find the joy and excitement in changing out the old for the new.
“Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction.”
2 Timothy 4:2 NIV