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"You've Got a Life on You"

By Peggy Byland
"Out of Mouths... From the Heart"

It was a bright summer day.  As I walked from the independent living center to my car I met a woman on the sidewalk.  She was enjoying her stroll and I commented on how happy she looked.  We talked a little, laughed a little and enjoyed the warm weather a lot.  As I left her to continue my walk to the car she said to me, “You’ve got a life on you like no one else could have.”  I smiled all the way home.

We all have a life that is uniquely ours.  And we choose the way we live it.  Certainly there are circumstances that send us off-track for a time, but we do what we do because of who we are.

But what if we don’t like the choices we have made and are discouraged by the people we have become?  Is it too late to choose a new life?

Paul says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)   And Jesus says, “No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.” (Mark 2:21-22)

Can we become new people with fresh thoughts, honorable actions, better choices for daily living and joy that is uniquely ours?  Yes and amen.  Through the power of the Spirit, the blessing of our Savior and the grace of God we are transformed into new creatures.

Is it as easy as humbly falling to our knees and asking God into our lives?  Yes and no.  The Spirit of God is always only a breath away and a call for the Spirit’s presence is the beginning of a great journey.  But transformation takes time and commitment. We must learn to become followers of Jesus, reading scripture, praying and spending time in silence and solitude before God.  As we traverse the path into the Kingdom of God our footsteps become light and our hearts full.  We find many blessings along the way!









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