ALOHA From Lou: What is New?

New is…

Living in Maui, I’ve been able to experience such incredible new things. Things I never thought I would do. I felt like I was starting to understand what “new” meant. I thought I knew “new”.

New is stepping off a plane and not knowing anyone.
New is living with a roommate.
New is watching the sunset at 10,023 feet.
New is jumping off a cliff.
New is swimming to find waterfalls.
New is morning surf sessions before work.
New is leading a class of 3-year-olds.

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But God has been revealing to me that new is so much more than just doing something you’ve never done before.

New is a choice.

And a choice you have to make every day, no matter where you live.

Even in the paradise that Maui is, there are days I just want to be my old self – the self that was content doing nothing all day, the self that just wanted hang out with my friends, the self that had no desire to step outside my comfort zone.   

God states in 2 Corinthians 5 that we are new creations, and our old self is gone. I’m learning that our old self doesn’t go down without a fight - we must choose new, day after day after day.

But what this doesn’t mean is that you have to do something drastic to expose yourself to something new.

New is simple.
New is talking to a stranger.
New is going off the beaten trail.
New is taking the first step outside your comfort zone.
New is a breath of fresh air.

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Laminations 3 states that His mercies are new every morning. All we must do is choose to step outside our comfort zone to find them.

What I’m reading:
The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

What I’m watching:
This Is Us (so freaking good)
Kevin (Probably) Saves The World

What I’m listening to:
Good Old Days – Macklemore (feat. Kesha)
O Haleakala by Trevor Hall