Week 29: How to Become Someone New

Today’s Text: Colossians 3-4

Key Text: Colossians 3:12-14

“And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.”

Have you ever felt like you needed a fresh start?

I am not just talking about getting a new hairdo, or switching apartments, or trying out a new job, or even entering into a fresh, new relationship with someone. I am talking about a total “do-over” and somehow becoming someone new, as much as that is humanly possible to do so.

Maybe you have made some horrible mistakes, caused a lot of pain – either to others or yourself or both.

Maybe you have just run out of answers and don’t know where to turn next.

Maybe you have decided, as some have said so powerfully,  you are “sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

If so, then this scripture passage is for you.

It’s about putting on “the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created” him or her.

It’s about something greater than self-realization. It’s about total transformation.

And, according to the apostle Paul, it is to be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

We live in a time when many people are looking for answers to very, very difficult questions.

They are looking for those answers, many times, in the wrong places.

So, how do you become someone new? By becoming a person whose life is marked by a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness and love. In short, it is “loving as we have been loved,” by Christ.

Sound good? Then, if you have not done so, I invite you to become someone new. Take a long, hard look at what life in Christ offers.

It’s more than a temporary fix. It’s joyful, abundant, eternal life.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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