Back to School “New”s

As a young girl, I remember being so excited at the start of a new school year. The first day of school for me was as New Years was to the grownups I knew. It was a time for vows and resolutions: THIS would be the year to make straight As. THIS would be the time to make new friends. Yes, THIS would be the defining year of my talents as well as my personality. I’d be a better Christian witness than the year before, and EVERYTHING would be more exciting….

On the other side of the beaming and scheming though, Anxiety reared her ugly head. What will I wear? Will the teachers be mean? Who will I sit next to? WHERE did these pimples come from? Before the first bell had even rung, Anticipation, Aspiration and Anxiety had become inseparable friends of mine, each trying to pull me in her own direction.

Now that those days are over, I wouldn’t mind having that feeling of great expectation again. Sometimes I get so distracted in the dailyness and the duties of life, even anxious about what’s around the corner, that I miss the renewal and hope the Lord is offering me each day. The Bible is filled with promises to anticipate and receive:

Lamentations 3:22-23
“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”

2 Corinthians 4:16
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”

Psalm 51:10
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Colossians 3:10
“…and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”

So what does this mean for us? It means that we can be like school kids at the end of summer each and every day, but without the anxiety. We can walk by faith into a brand new day, delighted to see how big God is in all our circumstances as we trust in His promises. When worry and frustration try to shimmy in, we can choose to pray, petition & give praise to the One who will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

This may be old news, Sisters, but it’s news worth spreading. So let’s hit the Book that trumps all other subjects, sitting criss-cross applesauce at the feet of our Savior. We can choose to serve ourselves, our anxieties and our desires; or we can start the day with dependence on our Lord, who will faithfully keep His promises.

“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you,
then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve….
But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

Joshua 24:15

All Scriptures from the NIV

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5 Responses to Back to School “New”s

  1. Joanne Sher says:

    We can always have that wonderful expectation – we just need our focus in the right place. Great post, La!

  2. Yvonne says:

    Yes, I had all those emotions as a child, too…although the anxiety included being the new kid. Thanks for the encouragement to challenge ourselves to be more faithful in His Word.

  3. Maria says:

    Welcome back!! Your post were greatly missed but I’m glad you were obedient to God. Thanks for this encouraging message.

  4. Lisa Mikitarian says:

    Old news maybe–but since there’s nothing new under the sun…

    And, Laura, I’m all for bring back that feeling of anticipation!

  5. Mari LaVell says:

    I read this on my Blackberry. Straight A’s were never in my vocabulary, or honestly, my aspirations. But I remember in the 9th grade I had a teacher (who was a Christian) that saw a diamond in the rough in me and pushed me to excellence and challenged me to LOOK and ACT like I was a new creation in Christ. Thank you Mr Longwell…and thank you Laura for posting this to make me remember.

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