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April 2019 Sister Spotlight

Out With The Old, In With The New

By Miss D

April 1, 2019

Often times we focus so hard on removing the negative things from our lives that we forget to replace them. While it is wise to rid your life of things that cause strife, one must learn the significance of refocusing that energy on new people, places and things that correlate to our long term goals and desires.

Romans 12:2 (ESV) reads “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you many discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Every other Wednesday, my girlfriend and I got together for dinner with our kids at our favorite bar and grill. During dinner, she and I enjoyed margaritas and I listened to her gossip about people, even people I didn’t know. Over time, this became very dissatisfying for me, so I began distancing myself. During the time of distance, my kids would ask about my friend and her children nearly every day. They were bored, and so was I. I put myself and my poor kids through this repeated cycle for over a year.

One day, I was talking with another friend of mine and I was complaining about how I kept ending up in this cycle of gossip and slander that I hated so much. She looked at me with pity and frustration and said, “You need to replace things when you remove them or else you’ll keep getting bored and going back to the same old things that you are familiar with.” That moment alone was one of the most important “aha” moments of my life.

My mind began racing about all the other times in my life that I had failed to replace things. It made perfect sense, and from that day forward, I have dedicated Wednesday nights to discussing the Word of God; whether it is watching sermons online, listening to podcasts, Bible study at my friend’s house or at my church, or just simply reading the word and/or discussing the word with friends and family via social media or telephone.

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