You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)
I've seen a hummingbird... and I've seen a moth... but I'd never seen such a thing as a hummingbird moth until this week when one showed up at the butterfly bush in our front yard. I was spellbound. I took the picture without knowing what the creature was until a friend helped me identify it. I am totally in awe of the way God manages to surprise me. I chased that moth around the bush for several minutes. Do you remember the excitement of finding or experiencing something new? The "new" can invite us into a transformational moment of joy and hope. What a gift God gives us when we are invited to experience the newness of life.
It is also a gift to be invited into the experience of being, "made new in the attitude of your (our) minds," as the scripture says. We get stuck in hurtful places for lots of different reasons. Sometimes we get stuck because of hurt that is done to us by others. Sometimes we get stuck because of some sort of illness like depression. Sometimes we get stuck because we fall victim to "bad habits" that fool us into believing they offer sustenance and hope. Regardless of how we get stuck, God makes it clear that divine love can point us toward something new and transforming so we're no longer stuck, but rather, being, "made new in the attitude of (our) minds." God's love in Christ is waiting to point us toward hope.
We've all heard of the necessity of an "attitude adjustment." New actions, new ideas, new hopes and dreams often flow from such an "adjustment." Without the "adjustment" we remain stuck - regardless of how we got there. God's love is often a correcting force to remind us of the need for "adjustment" if we are to experience the new life offered. I pray that God will continue to make me new in the attitude of my mind. How about you?
Blessings and Peace,
Pastor, Sand Hill United Methodist Church
Boaz, West Virginia
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