I’ll be the first one to admit that I love a clean slate as much as the next redhead, but personally, I prefer new leaves. Would you like to know why?
First john is my absolute favourite book in the whole bible, simply because it’s so full of forgiveness. John “the Beloved” felt the need to tell the early church over and over again that if they’ll just ‘fess up, all will be forgiven. I for one kind of like that vision of our heavenly Father. I’ve never understood the “strike ’em dead at the first offense” kind some preach – God knows, He had multiple opportunities with me but He never did. 1st John 4 verse 8 makes it crystal clear: God IS Love.
If His mercies are new every morning, and Lamentations 3 verse 23 says they are, and if He tells to forget the former things and not dwell on the past, which He does in Isaiah 43 verse 18, and if I’m to walk even as Jesus walked, which I am also commanded to do, then that puts my murky past on a whole new light, doesn’t it?
A woman I respect highly who goes by the name of Joyce Meyer said years ago that, “mercy sees the why behind the what.” How quickly I forget to look for the story behind the story, the reason for the behavior I may be seeing in someone. We all know the root cause of all sin is selfishness, but I strongly suspect there may be a little pain in the mix there too. If all’s right with the world human beings rarely attack another, but wounded animals do.
So I’ve decided I love new leaves, and I’m turning over as many new leaves as it takes to make change stick. I’ll just keep turning until I get it right. And I give you permission to do the same.
How do you feel about new leaves? Seriously. I want to know.
Kari, the happy new leaf-turner
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