This time of year, the word new usually comes to my mind. Although the new year is in January, it feels like it should start in September doesn’t it? Kids are going to school or back to school. College students are moving to campus. It is a year of new adventures. New teachers, new classrooms, and new friends.
It is a chance for them to start over. A chance to start fresh. A chance to leave the problems of the year before in the past, and to get a new start. For students starting school, starting at a new school, or starting at college, this feeling of a new start is even bigger.
Somedays this newness looks pretty good doesn’t it? Life gets tiring doing the same things day after day. We wish for something new and exciting. We wish for a new start. God gives us this opportunity in 2nd Corinthians 5:17 “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!”
How comforting it is to know that we have this promise. Each day, we can choose to accept this new life. We can leave the old things behind us and have our spirit renewed. What do we need to do? Go to the one who can truly renew us, God. Let go of the old things, that you don’t want. This is not always easy to do; it can be quite difficult. Even when we know that it is best, the new can still be scary. Finally, we accept the new life that God offers.
God continues to do new things in His ministry here at Bdecan. Our KICK program started as an evening program when I began. A few years back we changed it to after school, to give the kids a chance to get to the church by school bus. This year we are still starting after school but extending it into the evening. We now are going to try ending with a family meal so parents and grandparents can join us after work.
New is exciting, but it is not always easy. New ideas usually require work. It is finding what works and realizing what needs to be adjusted. It requires reminding people of the changes that are taking place. It is worrying if the new things will succeed or not. It is about changing the way you are used to doing things. In the end, it is trusting in God, that these new things are best for us.
Accept God’s gift of newness. It is sometimes painful but is always worth it.
My name is Joe Obermeyer. I was the Youth and Outreach Coordinator at Bdecan Presbyterian Church from 2013 to 20202.