Retailers both online and in brick and mortar have been luring us in for months. It seems as if we just end one school year and someone is selling us what we need for the next. Of course all this works because something within us longs for something new. New, as it would seem, is always better than old.
I remember growing up that family members would often open the new chips, before finishing the open package. Or they would reach for the new soda bottle, rather than the one that might be de-fizzed. Even something as simple as shampoo or toothpaste seemed to come with a great temptation: reach for the new before reaching for the old.
Whether its a new wardrobe for the new year, a new computer, new supplies, or a new roommate, we seem to be excited to begin a new school year with “newness” all around us.
Perhaps this desire for newness comes from deep within us. We don’t want to settle for the old ways and the same old same old routines. Romans 6:4 says, “We were therefore buried with Christ through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” The Bible has quite a bit to say about new life. Perhaps it isn’t bad to seek some new things to bring into start of a new semester, as long as we perceive that all the “new things” cannot bring us new life. New life is a work of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in our lives, molding us, shaping up, transforming us all the time as we continue to become new creatures in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). So while you are gearing up for the start of another year ask yourself, where is it time for something new in my life, my attitudes, and my behaviors? Where does God want to bring new life as I walk with Him this year?