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New Again

Here we go again!

Each year, many of us make our New Years’ Resolutions to lose weight, exercise more, quit something-smoking, alcohol, drugs, gambling, shopping so much, etc., etc.  Unfortunately, these resolutions usually last about 6 weeks and we find ourselves right back in the same old routines.  Change is not easy for us humans, and we resist doing things differently.  Does, “We’ve always done it that way” sound familiar?

In Jonathon’s sermon on December 30th, he reminded us that Jesus didn’t say he would make “all new things,” but rather, Jesus said he would make “all things new.” 

The New Year is often a time when we set new goals and try new things to “re-make” ourselves.  People in recovery make this commitment every day and sometimes several times a day.  Alcoholics Anonymous has several sayings around this theme: “Nothing changes if nothing changes!”  Insanity is defined as, “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  If we keep doing what we’ve been doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’ve been getting.”

We don’t need to “make a new me,” we just need to restore ourselves to the person we were created to be in the first place.  We can be transformed and “made new.”

Are you ready to change?

More importantly, are your ready to put in the work that is required to go back and rediscover the real you that was created perfectly in the first place?

Happy New Year everyone!

Ric Pierson is a long time member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. He is a leader in the Chapel Hill Recovery Ministry and Faith Partners. Ric and his wife, Kathy, are involved in a number of ministries, and are members of the Family and Fellowship Sunday school class. More about our Recovery Ministry HERE.


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