October 3, 2014

New {31 Days of Five-Minute Free Writes}

The new is uncomfortable and delightful.

It’s different, scary, unpredictable. It’s refreshing, exhilarating, stimulating.

New shoes not yet worn in are fun but hurt at first. A new house is fresh and clean and you get to decorate it, but you may also forget which drawer holds the toothpaste or stub your toe in the night on that wall you forgot exists. A new marriage is full of joy; but there are also a million ways in which the bride and groom will have to change and a thousand terrifying things they’ll learn about each other over time.

Being a new creation in Christ is that way too.

It’s having a nature you’re not accustomed to transplanted into your soul, one that brims with joy and promise and peace. But it also wants frighteningly counter-cultural things, craves the unpredictability of following Christ, asks the Spirit to “lead me where my trust is without borders” [listen].

The new is uncomfortable and delightful.

This post is part of 31 Days of Five-Minute Free Writes, an exercise in writing a timed, prompted post every day during the month of October. For me, it's a challenge to move beyond prideful perfectionism, to write more freely, and to share more openly. 


  1. Thank you for the reminder of the joys and the fears that come with a new chapter in our lives. I love how you point out that new can be exhilarating and frightening at the same time. :-) I am stopping by from Five Minute Friday. :-)

  2. Loved your thoughts here and your writing! I also thought about the "new creation" aspect. Visiting from FMF today.