You are Made New

Groundhog Day was this past Sunday. You know, when that cute little creature pops his head out and predicts the weather. There is also a movie called Groundhog Day in which the actor, Bill Murray, relives the same day over and over. In fact, because of the film, "groundhog day" is now a commonly used phrase to describe a recurring situation. 

I’ve been stuck in a Groundhog Day more than once. Sometimes it's harmless, but sometimes it's with shame and guilt. 

I enter what I am going to call the “shame dance.” It’s when I break out my nasty old garbage clothing, figuratively speaking, and I put it on like I have no other choice. Like I am stuck. And smelly. And since I’m already wearing trash, I just keep sitting in the crap.


Can you relate? Do you keep going through the same thing, back to the same patterns of habit, the same sins, or maybe just reliving the same moment in your head until you feel worthless? 


Every time you do the “shame dance,” you are like a beautiful princess who goes back to her old tattered garments, hoping no one will notice. But He sees you (Remember?)He notices that you are not wearing the expensive wardrobe He died to give you. Literally. 

So what can you do about it? First, you have to recognize what you’re wearing. 

Then, 

throw 

it 

off!

It’s time to put on something brand new. 

When you accept the gift of salvation, the sins, both big and small, don’t have staying power. He takes your spirit of despair and gives you the garment of praise! God allows your filthy rags to be bibbity bobbity boo’d into an incredible brand new ball gown that doesn’t disappear at midnight. 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! -2 Cor 5:17

And what’s more? He never allows anything to go to waste. Not a single tear, heartbreak, or massive mess up. He takes our redemption story and uses it to remind others that they, too, can have a different wardrobe. 

Our rags are re-woven into the fabric of someone else's story and someone else’s new ball gown. 

It takes courage to share what you are struggling with, even if it’s just one person. But each time, God knows what you need, right down to your dress.

Nothing is more captivating than a born again princess in her brand new digs. 

I won’t pretend that exposing things to the light are always easy. It can be pretty messy. And scary. But I’ve witnessed so much growth in myself and others when they take a step of faith to share their Cinderella story.*
  1. Tell someone. Your husband, best friend, mom, dad, or all of them. When you say it aloud, it loses power. The enemy would love nothing more than for you to keep it to yourself. 
  2. Sing a new song. Find a song that allows you to refocus your attention. A song that reminds you of who you are now. Praise and song silences the enemy.
  3. Pray for God to Re-work your story into someone else's. Again, this can sound scary but each time He opens the door to help another, you are reminded that you’re not the only one dealing with a particular issue and that He will use it for good. 

**If you are having trouble breaking free from negative patterns, it’s ok to seek help. I have a wonderful friend who practices Yoga therapy focusing on trauma, anxiety, and shame. If you are in the south Denver area, check her out here.

By

JL McCarthy

February 3, 2020