Happy New Year Family!!!  It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone so quickly, but boy am I glad for a do over season!

Two days ago, one of my co-workers noticed my bumper sticker and asked, “so Recycle Yourself? What does that mean?”

I explained I’m an organ donor.  I know the thought of organ donation may seem a bit morbid, well, actually it’s a lot morbid considering you kind of have to be dead to do it.

I digress…but that’s how I got it!

I went through many changes last year…some were unwelcomed and left me feeling like crap warmed over, but this morning My Daddy woke me up with this verse: Deut 14:2

You have been set apart as holy to the Lord your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure.

Treasure…I’m His treasure…now in that text, it goes on to explain the clean and unclean food quite literally, but that verse alone reminded me how special I am to God.  He treasures me!

So why on earth had I not been treasuring myself for so long? Yep, last year especially.  Well, in the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “It really doesn’t matter now!”

What matters is that I see myself as He does from now on…a treasure…beautiful…the daughter of a King.

That said, I realize it’s imperative that I not only treat myself in this manner, but that I not allow anyone else treat me contrary.

So this year I’m not making a resolution to “reinvent myself” Rather, I’ve decided to be me.  I’m recycling myself in advance I suppose because I’m more alive than ever!!!  I’m the same, but different….I realize that all those old ways of thinking have indeed passed away so in a way I have made the choice to die…to die to my old self.

I’ve been made new in Christ and it’s time I act like it…

The old me used to hold grudges and live in fear of just about everything…

The Recycled Me knows Christ is my strength so I can do anything I set my mind to do.

The old me resented change and locked my heart away by “acting the way I thought I needed to please people even at the expense of displeasing myself and God”

The Recycled Me understands that my first priority is to please God because He always has my best interest in mind.

The old me would sulk and be depressed when things didn’t turn out the way I wanted in love and life.

The recycled me is aware that the joy of the Lord is my strength!

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

2 Corinthians 5:17

I’m grateful for that reminder a few days ago that when I gave my heart to Christ, I was made new.

So yep there were times last year that I felt used, crushed, discarded, and even left empty.  Yet, even still Christ saw fit to pick me up, press, shape, and fill me so that I’m ready to begin again.

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