From 1999 through 2012, Andy Reid was the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, but now he is the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. Recently, he held a sale of all his old Philadelphia Eagle memorabilia, and I mean all of it – shirts, hats, jackets, pants, tops and even his cowboy boots decorated with the Eagles’ logo. When he was asked why he did it, Reid said, “I had to sell all the green and silver and black stuff, you know? It’s out with the old, in with the new. Now, I’m red and gold.”
As I thought about that story, I was reminded that we all have some things we could get rid of today. We often hold on to baggage we carry from past mistakes, past decisions and even past sins. We shrine the past in such a way that it defines the present. In many cases, we wish we could undo some past circumstances, but we just can’t. All we can do is learn from the past, let go of it, and focus on how we can live for Christ within our present situation. The past can’t be changed- holding onto mistakes from the past will not impact it at all. However, 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
Out with the old-in with the new.
Think about it, and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D