Today is the day! We’re moving into our new house! I hope you are proud of all of the work that you have done so far. We’re not perfect by any means, but today God has truly given us a restart and a new home and a fresh perspective on life. Welcome to your new home! There is still some work to be done, but I hope you are proud of how far you have already come.
“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward the day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be. No dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven..”
“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures”
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” — John 10:10
“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” – (5 Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware)
“If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.” – (Mary Pickford)
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” – (Henry Ford)
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
― Winston Churchill
“I am convinced that we can choose joy. Every moment we can decide to respond to an event or a person with joy instead of sadness. When we truly believe that God is life and only life, then nothing need have the power to draw us into the sad realm of death. To choose joy does not mean to choose happy feelings or an artificial atmosphere of hilarity. But it does mean the determination to let whatever it takes place brings us one step closer to the God of life. (The Road to Daybreak by Henri J.W. Nouwen).
Paul tells us in Galatians 5: 1 “So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free”. My hope is that you feel free from things that used to hold you back. I pray God has covered the lies with the Truth of His Word. What can you do to make sure you don’t go back to your old way of thinking?
You are a new creation! You are wildly loved, and valued by the King of Kings. He wants to spend time in your home! How amazing is that? You are free (who the son sets free is free indeed), and so make a promise to yourself that you’re not going to go back to the lies and the fear and confusion and familiarity of your old house. Write down on a piece of paper the three things that have most impacted the way you view yourself in light of who God says you are.