It's back-to-school time, one of my favorite seasons of the year.
Back to school represents something that burbles out in all my characters and stories. It's revealed in my favorite holidays, and it makes me cry at baptisms, weddings and graduations. What is it? The glorious promise of a fresh start, a blank page, uncharted territory. It's the reason I like Monday better than Friday, why the first of the month is better than the end of the month, and why New Year's Eve and Easter top Christmas and Thanksgiving on my holiday list.
New school clothes, new pencils and fresh, unopened boxes of crayons with their tops and wrappers still intact, shiny uncreased notebooks with smooth, empty pages... *sigh*
The idea that we can reinvent ourselves, that we can start over again, that we aren't trapped in the mistakes and weaknesses and failures of our past, is one of the most alluring aspects of being a Christian, in my opinion. No matter what happened yesterday, today is a new day. It's never too late to start over.
God's loyal love couldn't have run out, His merciful love couldn't have dried up.
They're created new every morning. How great your faithfulness!
Lam 3:22-23 (from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)
Our local papers and stores will be full of "back-to-school" sales and events for the next few weeks. When you see them, I challenge you to look at your life and think of the areas where you could use a "new year" or a "fresh start."
Got something in mind? It could be your writing career (I'm with ya), or your marriage (yeah, there's some work to be done there, too), or your health and fitness (doesn't matter how many times you've failed or fallen off the proverbial wagon), or your devotion to God (who couldn't stand to pump up the volume there?) or ANY other aspect of your life... This back-to-school season, let's gather up our supplies, put on a new wardrobe, set a new schedule, and plunge in!
Endeavoring to infuse her writing (and everything else) with the love, mercy, and joy that come from Christ Jesus, Niki a mother of four, grandmother of two (almost), former pastor's wife and church planter, avid reader, journalist, blogger, and aspiring author in her native state of Colorado.