This is your B moment. Your moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)
As the spring season is upon us, today I am encouraging you to let go of the past and to usher in the new.
Living in Chicago, I love to welcome in the spring season and all the “newness” that comes with it—especially after a long, hard winter. This time of year also reminds me of spring cleaning, a task that I appreciate more once it’s done. Sometimes it takes me a little bit to get started.
In the spirit of jumpstarting my efforts, I’m reflecting on the fiftieth year Jubilee that the Israelites used to celebrate. This was a period of pure celebration and renewal.
During the Jubilee, any unpaid debts were forgiven; slaves and prisoners were set free; any land that was taken due to an unpaid debt was released back to the original owner.
The Jubilee was symbolic of letting go of the past and ushering in the new. Notice the two steps. Before we can genuinely usher in the new, it’s important to let go of the past.
It’s also important to remind ourselves that clutter can take on many forms. While we can have clutter in our homes, we can also have clutter in our minds, and we can even have clutter in our hearts due to unforgiveness and old wounds from the past.
Let us take a more holistic approach to our spring cleaning, releasing those things that are no longer a part of our journey and trusting that God will replace our old with the new. As you do so, remember these words: “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 (ESV)
So today, usher in the new.