Welcome to the new normal.

Caleb Holt, Fireproof

Our minds are addicted to the new ideas. We just celebrated New Year. For Christmas we got new toys, new clothes, new books. If there is anything new at the store, you will see it right away because most likely there will be a big banner proclaiming “NEW!” next to the products. New, new, new, new. Flashing, beeping, exclaiming, painted red – anything to get our attention.

The list below is one of the pages at Self-Help books section at Amazon (randomly selected):

  • Ethics for the New Millennium
  • Each Day a New Beginning
  • Mindset: The New Psychology
  • Old is New Young
  • The New Rules of Marriage
  • Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
  • The New Codependency
  • Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create a New You

My favorite example is “The New Rules of Marriage.” If I were to write a book on that, it would contain one word (which is older than our world) on every single page:


Okay, maybe I haven’t been married and some might say “Oh, you are too young, you haven’t been married, and you won’t understand anything.” But, please, what new rules can there be? What new rules should be there?

If you look close enough, the old stuff is also offered as new (or, reNEWed). And to think about it, everything that is offered there is an old thing restated using easier words. There’s nothing new about it. We think that dressing the statement with fancy word combinations might make the idea new, but we’re only reNEWing it.

The God we serve, on the other hand, is the master of New. In the very beginning of the time, God created everything from nothing. And in the very end of the time, He promised to do it again:

“Look, I am making everything new!”

Revelation 21:5, the NLT

I can only imagine the happy and mischievous gleam in His eyes as He says that phrase, presenting us with a gift so wonderful we have never seen anything like that before. The joyful grin stretching His face, “Look! I have a gift for you! A NEW one!”

The traditional season of Christmas gift-giving is over, but there is a gift waiting for us.

Not reNEWed, but entirely NEW gift.

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