There is so much I like about the word new. You know what I mean—the possibilities are endless—a new job, a new house, a new relationship, a newborn baby, new shoes, new hair-do. Every morning when my husband leaves for work, he steps outside, takes a deep breath and says, “Ah, it feels good to breathe some air that hasn’t been breathed before.” Of course, he’s talking about new air.
We stand on the threshold of a new year, and no doubt there will be new resolutions, new diet and work-out plans, and new beginnings of all sorts. The word new is one of those catalyst words that help us leave the old behind and arrive at a different starting place. It has a hint of hope attached to it, a positive ring that tells the world we’re on a bigger, better path than we were before.
But then I like the word new even better when preceded by the word fresh. Think about it. We all like a fresh new look. We get excited about a fresh new idea. We admire someone with a fresh new approach. Doesn’t everyone appreciate the chance to get a fresh new start? Let’s face it, a fresh new anything has appeal. Except that is, when it comes to our Christian faith. There we might be a bit skeptical of anything that says fresh or new. After all, we are confident that we know what we know, and what we know is the only way to think about it—isn’t it?
Christians today are perhaps the best educated in the history of the Church. We own no less than four or five different translations of the Bible, numerous commentaries, concordances, and have attended dozens upon dozens of Bible studies, seminars and retreats. We have tried theory after theory, and formula after formula, yet we still find ourselves thirsty for more and lacking passion in our walk with God. Could it be that the problem is not what we know or don’t know, but how we look at things? Maybe what we need is not more knowledge, more seminars, or even more blessings; but a fresh new way to look at what we already know. My blog is about that very thing—a fresh new look at our knowledge of God and His promises to us.
I have been a seeker of God most of my life. My search started when I was little girl growing up in the mountains of Southeast Oklahoma. I often sat on the creek bank that ran behind my home and skipped flat rocks across the small stream. I remember looking up into the vast blue sky against the beautiful piney-woods backdrop and asking, “God, where are you?” I have continued that search throughout my life, always looking for what the Bible calls “the pearl of great price.” My thirst to know God has brought me to where I am today, one who continues to ask, seek, and knock, fully believing that “everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened”(Luke 11:10 NKJV).
If you are seeking a fresh new spiritual outlook, perhaps my blog will speak to you. I will not be sharing another method to attain financial blessings or success. Instead, I will be sharing my journey into the deeper, hidden things of God where the blessings and the riches are not of this world. As a believer in God, who “is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV), I want to challenge you to take a fresh new look at the hidden life in Christ, how to discover or re-discover the secret place, and how to abide there. If you are looking for a challenge in 2012, I hope you will join me on this fresh new journey. ~Janie Kellogg