Looking back at the old has it’s purpose …. as long as we don’t stay there. Looking back is helpful to understand, but not helpful if we dwell on past events and circumstances and relationships.
Paul reminds us that we are new creations in Christ. He tells us that the old has passed and the new has come.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
He also tells us that we are to put off the old and put on the new.
“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
New health habits can be adopted by looking ahead and asking Christ to renew you by the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in you. Remember, if you are a believer, the same power that rose Christ from the dead is available to you because God’s Spirit is in you. John 14:17 The more you surrender to him and depend on him – the more you put on Christ – the more his power is able to help you make changes in your life.
As you head into 2012, take Paul’s instruction to heart. It’s a new year. Think new, not old. Put on Christ, not your old self. Look ahead and don’t dwell on the past.
Happy New Year!