New Clothes

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, Which is being corrupted by deceitful desires, to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
– Ephesians 4:22-24
I like new clothes.
A new pair of jeans, a new shirt, the crisp feel and smell of the material.
But sometimes new clothes are uncomfortable.
The same can be said of our new life that Paul talks about in Eph. 4.
Sometimes it’s uncomfortable and our desire for the comfort of the old ways is tempting.
Paul speaks of the need to get rid of the old ways, the old thoughts, old habits, old attitudes.
But that alone is not enough.
They have to be replaced with new thoughts, new attitudes, new ways.
I struggle with the old ways more than I would care to admit.
Anger, insecurity, jealousy, sinful thoughts.
Giving in to the old ways justifying, making excuses.
But I have help.
God is working through the Holy Spirit to renew my mind and attitude. And I have responsibility to say no to the old things that once defined me.
Refusing to put them back on, or let them back in.
And even though growth brings a certain amount of discomfort, the new it brings is designed to last for eternity.
New clothes, a new life that will never fade away or wear out.


“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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1 Response to New Clothes

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Praise God He never leaves us alone. He is with us 24/7 to give us the victory. The important point is do we accept His offer of victory?

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