I just finished another term in school, and I’m so proud of the work that I was able to complete. I know I’m going to sound a bit corny here when I say what I am about to say, but here goes. Upon leaving my last class, I took a brief moment to look back into the empty room. As I looked back, the last thing I took note of was the cleared and cleaned white board. The white board that had once been full of information that we were to take in and glean from now represented something new to me. It was a symbol of the time I now have to start afresh. It now reflected a new chapter in my life and an opportunity to do something different. Now is the time that I can devote to things that had been put off for a later time.
How are you facing today? Is the time when you wake up a clean slate for you? Do you see new opportunities and possibilities when you get up? Every day, week, month and year is clean slate. You cannot allow the things that you’ve been involved in before to crowd you out of the new things that are waiting for you. Remember, Jesus told us that no one puts new wine into old wineskins. You are that new wine, and the day in which you live is new wineskin. Don’t take the new you and try to hold onto a day that can no longer hold you. How do you face the new time with a clean slate?
- Let It Go: What’s done is done. You can’t go back and change the past. You can only change how you go forth. If you’ve had regrets, know that God forgives. Be willing to forgive yourself.
- Take a Moment to Breathe: Ever heard the saying, “take some time to smell the roses?” Taking time to catch your breath allows you the opportunity to refocus and get your bearings. Have you ever been driving around and around lost even though you are in a place that is supposed to be familiar to you? Sometimes stopping allows you to realize where you are, where you’ve been, so you’ll know where you need to go next.
- See the New Direction: If you don’t see the new direction then everything looks the same. If you can see it, that’s all you need to get things going.
- Consider the Possibilities: If you don’t see the potentials for something better, you get stuck in what has always been. Considering the possibilities opens you up to what can be your next big thing. People who make the biggest splash always see what is positively possible, even in the midst of the negative.
People every day are looking for a clean slate, be it financial, educational, relational, spiritual, or career. Challenge yourself today to clean the slate of your life so that you don’t get overwhelmed by it. Choose to be free and live the life you know you deserve. God gives new mercies and fresh manna with every brand new day. I assure you that with a clean slate, you can do wonders.
QUESTION: What could you achieve by having a clean slate?