"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old things passed away; behold, new things have come." (2 Corinthians 5:17)
This has long been one of my favorite verses from the Bible. I like it
because it's a message of "new". Christians are to be "new creatures"
who are experiencing "new things". I don't know about you but I'm
encouraged by new--new opportunities, new experiences, new life, etc.
Today is a new day and in it each of us will experience God in new ways
as He reveals Himself to us. We will, perhaps, make new friends,
develop new skills, and receive new gifts. The day will absolutely be
filled with new. The only question is to whether we will open our
hearts to receive all of the new that God has for us today.
yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At
first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the
drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that
those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He
starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does
not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation
is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought
of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there,
running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made
into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to
come and live in it Himself.” --C.S. Lewis, Mere Chrisitanity