He Makes All Things New (NIV: 2 Corinthians 5:17)
He just does. Before knowing Him, I would just trudge through life, head down, focused on myself-my next worry, my next expenditure, my next source of fun or relaxation. People and circumstances would constantly irritate, and disappoint me. I missed out on the simple beauty of life. God helps us prioritize life and enjoy our days without the burden of “self.” We’re able to see the world, and people differently, in a new way. We see “weird,” hurting, “difficult,” and “undesirable” people normally ignored or cast aside by the world through his eyes, and we love them, because of God’s love in us. “Annoying” circumstances like the neighbor accosting you at the mailbox to share every last detail of their family drama becomes an opportunity for encouragement, instead of wishing the ground would swallow you whole. Now, when a co-worker snaps at me for “hogging” the shared printer, I recognize her anger as masked pain, and I actually pray for her. A long way from pouring glue into a homeless girl’s shampoo bottle, that’s for sure. It’s amazing to see life through God’s eyes, and I’m forever moved by His ability to make this heart new.