Out with the Old, In with the New

You have been handed a new book.
Its pages are blank.
Its spine is stiff and the paper smells fresh.

You crack open the ledger and thumb through the crisp pages.
All empty.
Not a single line of prose.
Not a single jotting of a memory.
Not a single letter, sign or symbol.

Every space available.
Every room a vacancy.
Every chapter void.

What will you do with this diary?
Is your memoir a mystery, comedy, or tragedy?

What would the title read?
The chapters?

Will you do with this diary the same as you did with last year's?

Will you write within its pages the same verses, the same resolves, the same worries?

What if, instead of being bound within the binding of yesterday,
you could scribble new dreams?
What if your journal, instead of failure, recorded fruition?
Instead of regret, rejoicing?
Instead of fear, faith?

But, despite your own determination,
your quest for perfection is unattainable.
Your hunt for holiness, useless.

However, the hero in our story defends our honor.
The villain who would hinder and sabotage our deliverance is bested and crushed!
Our worthless virtue becomes exquisite beauty.

Since God reconciled us through Jesus,
we all get a fresh start with new mercies and new grace.
Every single day.
Every single page.
Every single line.

As you pick up your pen to write in your new year's book, 
within the narrative will you record the truth, when confronted with lies?
Will you testify to hope when driven to despair?
Will you submit to His authority as the Author and Publisher of your faith?

 If you belong to Christ, you are a new creation. 
The old things have gone; everything is made new!

What a note-worthy novel yours will be!


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  1. Beautifully said. Perfect for the new year. I hope yours if filled with nothing but all of God's Blessings. Hugs, Marty

  2. Hello Dear Leslie...That was a very unique post, including the sketches of the empty book and the pen.

    Hope your new year of life is everthing you want it to be! May the Lord bless you richly, in all ways. Susan

  3. This is amazing! I hope I will choose to reflect Christ to others and be open to sharing Him this year.

  4. The perfect post to start the new year! It was a post I wish I could have written, but do not have the skills. You did a beautiful job. You are so right, Jesus transforms lives!!!!!!

  5. What a great post Leslie! Happy New Year! Hugs to you, Courtney

  6. Beautiful! As always I have been blessed by your precious words!

    Happy New Year sweet friend!

  7. Oh wow! I needed that. I will copy your words into my brand new journal for this year. I'm tying up the old ones filled with so much sadness and burying them in a closet. Especially the one that says "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams" that I posted in so faithfully always certain I could not fulfill the wish on the cover. Thank you.

  8. Thank you so much Leslie, you always inspire me!

  9. Thank you Leslie for such an inspiring post! I am testifying to HOPE in the face of difficulties. Thank you Jesus that we are made new each and every day!!! Have a great 2011

  10. Absolutely inspiring, Leslie! May the New Year find you healthy, propserous, and blessed beyond measure.

  11. Absolutely LOVE this Leslie!!!!! All things ARE new!!!!!!

    Happiest of YEARS to you and your family!


  12. Praise God! If I were writing my book without Him it would be a horrible story! Thanks for the reminder. Lisa~

  13. That is awesome Leslie! Happy Healthy New Year to you and your family!

  14. I LOVE it, Leslie, simply love it. Inspiring and comforting. I'm off to write in my journal--not this one but my pen and paper one. Thanks for this beautiful reminder.

  15. such a subtle analogy.
    new year and new empty diary that soon be filled by our conscious or unconscious deeds. .

  16. Well said. I love a fresh, empty journal ... and new beginnings ... and anticipating God's work in a new year! May yours be a wonderful one!

  17. Beautifully said, Leslie! What a lovely New Year's gift you've given us! :)

  18. So very thankful for the holiness given to us in Christ, our eternal gift from Him. What a great reminder as we all start this new year.

    I'm so glad I found your blog this past year, I love all that you share!

    Blessings to you Leslie!!! -hugs from me!


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