As students transition from middle to high school, my colleagues and I remind them that they are being presented with an opportunity for a fresh start. Their old behaviors may have shaped their past, but they can begin to make new choices that lead to different outcomes. As students grow and mature, we hope that they embrace a new, better self throughout their lives!
God also offers us a fresh start. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, we move from our old self to a new self! Our sin is gone and we can begin to make better choices. We may struggle with those choices at times, but that doesn't mean we should give up. As we rely on God more and more each day, He will take hold and guide us. Through Jesus, we can embrace our "new self" created through our faith in and forgiveness through Him!
Be forgiven and embrace your new self!
Thank You for allowing me a fresh start. Help me to grow closer to You each day and to follow Your will in my life. Through Jesus, my Savior, I pray, amen.