Kenny Howell Managing Editor If your kids like fun, then Wendy’s is the place for them.
The average American likes new things. If it says new on it then it greatly interests us. Sometimes we feel that certain new things will be the answer to problems we are experiencing in our lives or will give us the good feelings for which we are desperately searching. We are even willing to go into tremendous debt to have new things. Someone has said that when we buy a new home in the suburbs, by the time we pay it off, it is not a home in the suburbs any longer.
How many people do not want a new car, a new house, a new and better job, or better yet, how about stacks and stacks of new money!?
One of the catch-phrases that has become part of our culture and catches our attention is: “New and improved”. I have never understood this phrase. If it is “new” then it could not have been improved. If it is “improved” then it could not be new. Yet we continue to use it.
God likes new things. He doesn’t just improve them. He makes them brand new! Here is what He has promised us for the future. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelation 5:1,5)
But new things from God are not just for the future. He makes things new now! Most importantly, He makes people new! “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
A person who trusts Jesus is not the same person refreshed or renovated, but he is a new creation with a new family, new future, new values, new possessions, new passion, and a new way of life that arises from the transforming Spirit of God now living in him!
New things can be costly. These are new things that could not be bought with any amount of new money, but could only be purchased with the blood of Christ. “For you were bought at a price . . .” (1 Corinthians 6:20a) He paid a price we could not pay for things we need but could not have – except through Him.
You can experience new life in Christ today! Trust Him to make all things new!
Life brings lots of both easy and tough decisions and choices. Some decisions are very easy to make and can be made without much thought, while other decisions require lots of thought, examination and questioning. What we choose to do or not do for the most part is up to the individual. For example: A criminal can decide to go straight and stop being a criminal. An intoxicated person can decide to call a cab and not drink and drive. Such simple decisions based on easy to understand right and wrong choices that really shouldn’t require much thought at all. Stealing, committing crimes or drinking and driving should be very easy decisions to make. Simply don’t do it!
Doing the right thing is something most of us are taught as children. However, some children because of harsh and misleading influences and upbringings, are led astray from the get go. But, that still doesn’t excuse wrongdoings and criminal behavior. We are still responsible for who we are and who we become. It doesn’t take rocket science to realize right from wrong. There are plenty of people around us at all times to give us good examples of the right thing. Using the excuse, “I was exposed to this or that” will not cut it, nor, should it be a cop out, loophole or excuse for being responsible for ones actions.
Decisions are not always ours. We can’t control the temperature, weather, clouds and season, but we can control our attitudes. An attitude can be what you make it. It’s sort of like a home; your home can be modest and clean or extravagant and dirty, it’s your choice. Attitude is entirely up to you. Each day can be perceived as a gift or as a burden. It’s your call. I personally awake each day and thank God for allowing me another day with the people I love. Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.
A small house is a castle to the man who lives in a cardboard box on the street. A rainy day to a farmer can at times be a blessing, while at other times a burden. Attitude is everything. Life is what you make it. As mentioned many times before, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade, not excuses.
You can either control your attitude and actions or your attitude and actions will control you. Maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had and what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve had.
In closing, Attitude is everything, please make the right decisions in life and all will be well.
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