January 01, 2017

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: Fresh Starts/New Beginnings

Pencil can be erased. Acrylic can be painted over.  Oil can be wiped away.  Watercolor...well...not so much! However you can take a mistake and turn it into a happy accident in most cases.  Collages can be "collaged" over.  A weaving can be unwoven and rewoven correctly.  Clay can be reformed.  
There is so much forgiveness in art.  Perfect is not a prerequisite for creating....THANK GOODNESS!  There are sometimes you need to start fresh on a new piece of paper, a new canvas, or whatever materials you are using.  It might be a mental hang up.  It might be that the surface is marred by your previous attempts.  It may still very well be viable, but for you to continue creating...you need a new beginning.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
1 Corinthians 5:17

I'm so thankful we do not have to "reside" in our past mistakes, but instead are able to live "informed" because of them.  In 1 Corinthians we see that we are new creations & that the old has passed away! There are so many that live life defeated, disconnected, and doubting their purpose of being because of their past.  If we are in Christ, the past is the past.  Perfect is not a prerequisite. We must get over our mental hang ups.  We must see our scars as reminders that we've been saved from our past battles. We are given a new beginning in Christ.  It is a fresh start to live a beautiful life.  There will be ups and downs, and past mistakes will try resurface.  However, claim the truth of 1 Corinthians 5:17 and know that you are a new creation....and your past does not define who you are today!