Happy new year…again

“And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.” -Mark 2:22

I love the beginning of a new month. With the turn of the calendar, comes a “new-year’s-eve-style” celebration…at least it can be if that’s what you choose to make of it.

When something comes to an end, I think our first reaction as humans is often sadness. Think about a child graduating and going away to college, a friend moving to a new state, or a business closing down; there’s often someone in these situations who is left with the feeling that something in his or her life has “died” or “ended” in some way as a result.

But just like Jesus had to die on the cross in order for the resurrection to occur, we too must experience different forms of death in our lives. Without endings, nothing new can begin, progress can’t be made, and growth is impossible to occur.

Mark 2:22 says it best using the symbolism of old and new wineskins. To pour new wine into old wineskins would be a waste, for the old skin isn’t strong enough to hold what’s new. The same can be said for our lives. We are constantly given opportunities to grow, mature and deepen ourselves spiritually, mentally and physically. Sure they’ll challenge and stretch us. And they’ll almost always ask us to step outside our comfort zone. Sometimes these opportunities come from others, and sometimes we have to make them happen ourselves. Regardless though, it’s up to us to choose whether or not we want to change; it’s up to us to choose to celebrate “new-year’s-eve-style,” or complain that life is no longer as we knew it or that we’re stuck in stagnancy.

Make it your “new month’s resolution” to change your mindset to one of celebration…and cheers to making the changes that make us better!

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