Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
—2 Corinthians 5:17
Yesterday was Christmas.
After family had visited and presents had been opened, I took some time to just walk around outside and take in a few moments of quiet and beauty.
I walked in the yard.
Making my way down the street a bit, I looked over the land near a farm.
The sky was filled with powdery hues of creamy peach as the sun was beginning to set in the late afternoon.
Where I live, it’s warm most of the year, sometimes even on Christmas.
So was the case yesterday.
The air conditioner had been on to help us feel comfortable.
Outside, the leaves on the trees had not completely fallen.
In many ways, it seemed like a warm, autumn day as the crimson red leaves still clung to the branches above me, even as some had dropped to the grass and sidewalk.
In just a matter of days, “Happy New Year!” will be the greeting on everyone’s lips.
2016 will have become the old and 2017 will be ushered in as the new.
Just like the red leaf on the concrete, the old ways have to part from our lives as we become followers of Jesus.
We become new, and God brings newness of life every day.
A new heart.
A new beginning.
A new existence in relationship with Him.