Start 2013 by Throwing Out Your Former Way of Life

Pastor Craig Moore   12/28/2012

Pastor Craig Moore is the Senior Pastor at Life Assembly of God Church in Rapid City, SD

The Italians' have a custom on New Year’s Eve. As midnight approaches, the streets are clear. There is no traffic; there are no pedestrians, even the policemen take cover. 

Then at the stroke of midnight, the windows of the houses fly open to the sound of laughter, music and fireworks, each member of the family pitches something out the windows.  Furniture, crockery, detested ornaments, old clothes, broken appliances -- anything that reminds them of something in the past year that they are determined to wipe out of their minds.

That is cool!  As long as you’re not walking the street about midnight on New Year’s Eve...  that could be dangerous!   I don't know for sure, but it appears this may have originated right out of the Bible.  

Ephesians 4:22-24

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

So feel free to throw something out that reminds you of your past failures, your past sins, your rotten attitude, bad habits, etc.  It might just make you feel good.  Just warn your neighbors first.

Then when you are done pitching to your heart’s content, make a covenant with God to put on the new self-created to be like God in true righteousness & holiness!

God has created our world and our soul to re-tune, re-juvinate, re-create.  Every day you can decide what you are going to put on for the day.  Will it be the old self or the new self? 

God Bless You!  Have a Very Happy New Year!

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