So the new year has come. It was all shiny, full of promises, tantalizing, exciting, beautiful. And the new did not last more than a few days… Now, it’s only the middle of January, but the new year is not new anymore; it tarnished a bit, the excitement isn’t quite there anymore, and routine or boredom or sadness might be replacing all the hype of new…  until we buy, create or seek something else brand spanking new and full of promises. But that one won’t remain brand spanking new either…

sudWhen I start a new game of Sudoku, I so don’t want to mess it up. Yet at some point, it happens… I make a mistake, and the score is not perfect anymore. And that’s when I find myself not caring so much anymore… and one mistake makes it easier to take another risk, and whatever happens happens… I lose my focus. Anyone else like me?

The hype of new doesn’t last. Never ever. Not even the good wonderful events of life like marriage, kids, grand-children, a great job, etc… Nothing ever stays new. We peel the plastic off and mess it up as we open the box. Just like that. Things break.

Fresh paint gets old.


New does not last.

And we find ourselves being yo-yo more often than not, moved with the ebbs and flows of new and exciting. That’s a bit depressing if you ask me.

I can only think of one “thing” that doesn’t fade: joy that is founded on the eternal. Because the eternal, it never ever fades. It does not get old. It does not become routine. The eternal, it is where God dwells. It is where life is full and joy is overwhelming.

Joy that comes from that place that forever was is real down to our toes, and just as amazing today as it was thirty years ago. Anyone else agree?

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