Hey everyone! Whew!! – it has been a hot minute since I’ve written! My fingers are a bit stiff on this keyboard 😂 I had every intention of writing before now, but as luck would have it, we have all been fighting the never ending cold/sinus infection war for the past month and a half or so — I finally feel a bit more like a human again, so here I am! Hopefully your holidays were healthy and happy, and your new year is starting off well! Y’all know I love New Year’s — I know that we have a chance every day to start good habits, etc., but something about the whole world celebrating a fresh start gets me feeling fresh and spunky — what are we tackling this year?!
For my first thing, I went shopping the other day, for myself, for the first time in awhile. Let’s face it, it’s a struggle. Pinterest tells me that I need trendy new clothes for each and every season, but my reality tells me I only need another pair of leggings and a tshirt because its snot season in toddlerville. I listened to Pinterest, and to my inner voice that was gently telling me I needed a touch of a refresh because my mom wardrobe was looking a bit frumpalicious. I kept it in check because I knew my day-to-day wouldn’t survive nice clothes – I’m on the floor most of the day with the kids, and who needs a waistband in a situation like that?! — and because I really just needed a few things to be able to look like a nice adult out in public occasionally.
So I hit up the after Christmas sales and got a few really nice things that I’m excited to work into my rotation – and the first thing I did when I got home was to show my husband what I found, and of course, to take photos and send them to my sister for her approval. Our curly girl also got a few new dresses for Christmas, and her first response as soon as she puts them on is “Oh beautiful! Wanna see me twirl??” Every dress must have a high twirl score for that goofy girl!
Something in us loves to have people see our new things! (Especially if it was a good deal, am I right?!) We like to try them on, show people the person we are with our new pretty dress on, and twirl a little, feeling good about ourselves. We like people to see our best, and of course, we are at our best with our shiny new clothes on! We like to hear “Hey, that looks awesome!” “Where’d you get that?” or “Wow! Great choice!” We love to be admired and even better, imitated. When your friend shows up at the next gathering in something similar, it’s a nice little ego boost – someone wanted to be like you and not vice versa for once!
The verse from Revelation 21:5 has been really sitting in my mind since the New Year – It says: Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” (And if you’ve been around awhile, I wrote about it last year also — something about the new year brings it to mind every year!)
And then the sister verse to that one that comes to my mind is 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
I got to thinking. I definitely am a new person today because of what Christ has done in my heart, in my mind and in my life. Because of the grace of God, I am “new-er” today than I was last week, newer still than last year, etc. And I was thinking, what if we were as excited to show off our new-ness of spirit as we were our new fashion or gadgets or accessories? What if we wanted to twirl and show people our Jesus as much as our bargain buy? Show people the things He has healed? The provisions He has made for us? The relationships He has saved and deepened? How you would have yelled and screamed and cussed people out over their mistake last year, but this year, He is teaching you about self control and grace and loving one another? How you used to dwell in anxiety and darkness and depression, but now He has opened a door in your spirit to a life of joy and peace and unending light? How your marriage was simply existing, or worse, the place of harsh words and coldness and anger, but now is full of love and respect and honor?
Lets not shy away from talking about the spiritual side of life – it really is the side of life that matters the most and where we can show just how much Jesus has done for us! When you are in a deep relationship with Him , all good and beautiful things flow from that. So, if you’ve been made new, go ahead and twirl! Open up and show people what Jesus has done for you, and tell them all about the new person He has made you to be. He has worked that transformation for a purpose — He has made you shiny and new so the world can see you, can want what you have, and you can point them to Jesus. With everything that is going on in the world today, we can definitely use some new creations out there showing the light, and pointing the way to Jesus!
So, go ahead – twirl!