There's more new in you than you can even imagine.
One of the incredible benefits of being made in the image of God is that we mirror so many of God's attributes. God feels, we feel. God thinks, we think. God loves, we love.
God creates, we create.
Now, when God creates he makes something out of complete and total nothingness. Just read Genesis. Nothing existed and then, bam, the universe was conceived as the Lord simply spoke material into existence.
God loves to create.
When we create, we too have the opportunity to invent something new. We may not create something from complete and total nothingness but we are able to present new ideas and new products and new strategies to the world around us.
New strategies generate excitement. New ideas birth progress. New products make life easier for people. God loves new. The Bible tells us to sing a new song to the Lord. God's Word also tells us that God is going to make all things new.
God loves new.
What newness are you going to offer to our world? What ideas are stirring in your creative, colorful minds? What's God going to do through you to reach new people with love or to feed 10,000 homeless people in the next year?
What product are you going to invent that will revolutionize the way we travel or the way we communicate with people all over the world?
Value the new in you.
A group of people at our church recently experienced this newness. Many gifted writers came together to create a new devotional book to help people grow in their walk with Jesus. It was hard work but it was also so rewarding to see the first printed book come back from the publisher.
This new work will change people's lives. It will create new paths and open up new spaces in the hearts and minds of people through all walks of life. We're not sure how widespread our "new" will travel but we're buckling up and expectant to see how God uses our tiny contribution to make the world around us just a little bit better.
Make a contribution to the world with your new. You never know how God will use it to make our world a better place to live.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
You Are Loved!