11.13.17 New Creation

Today was a little tough. Okay … a lot tough. There was nothing particularly awful, no singular tragic event or definitively difficult set of problems. It was just the sort of day that left me feeling defeated, deflated, and a little worse for wear. Scrolling through my Instagram feed, I came across the passage in 2 Corinthians 5:17 which says, “You are a new creation.” What a beautiful thought – a new creation. After days like today, after strings of monotonous moments that didn’t go according to plan, I wonder, at times, what God designed me for and if I’m very far off from his original blueprints. 

Was I really created for deleting a string of unwanted emails? For buffering stress-inducing conversations and scenarios? Is my purpose to have less time than I’ve ever had before to be instead of do? For some reason, I don’t think so. I don’t think that was meant for anyone. In his infinite wisdom I don’t believe that God handcrafted us with unique talents just so we could waste them in the pursuit of mediocre days where one is indistinguishable from the next. 

So how do we downshift? How do we recycle and reclaim our spent hours? Honestly? I have no idea. But I think it has something to do with attitude. In her infinite wisdom at ninety-five, my grandmother said, “It’s just so easy to be happy.” And you know what? She’s right. No one, not one single person on this earth has it easy. We are all struggling with past pains, present dangers, and future fears. There is not one among us who is unscathed or scarless. We each have crosses to bear and burdens we cannot share. Still, I agree with my grandmother. Even with the weight of your own small world on your shoulders, it is possible to be happy. Happiness is an action, a state of being, and a calling on your life. So. Be. It.

Right now, right here, writing to you … the hour is much too close to tomorrow. My blinks are drawing themselves out, my eyes burn beneath sleepy, lavender lids, and my body has begun that tingly stage of quiet revolt against another long day that isn’t done. Still – I decide, here and now, to be that “new creation” I think I was designed to be.

She is confident, this version of myself, and her smiles are given freely. She is stronger than she looks, but sensitive enough to know when to be real. She is creative and caring, and she never lets the opportunity to make someone’s day go by, even if it costs her the most precious gift she has – time.

She is happy, this girl in the blueprints. And even now, so am I.

Be a new creation, and introduce me to who you were designed to be! I can’t wait to meet you. Can you?

Elle 

 

 

9 thoughts on “11.13.17 New Creation

  1. “My blinks are drawing themselves out, my eyes burn beneath sleepy, lavender lids, and my body has begun that tingly stage of quiet revolt against another long day that isn’t done. Still – I decide, here and now, to be that “new creation” I think I was designed to be.” So, so lovely! Thank you for sharing your wisdom, Elle.

  2. I have reread this over and over. Looked back at Wordless, and Believe, you make us sit and ponder. Have we ever been wordless? What do we believe? Now, be a new creation, who we were designed to be. My blueprint has always been to create, even from a small age but got lost somewhere between the chapters of life. Coming back to my love for creating with words or my camera I capture moments that have never been done before, frozen in time through the lens. Your words inspire us to believe, to be a new creation one day at a time in between the hustle of life. Between the tough stuff and the no time, are moments, moments we need to take notice of, even for a second, it is part of your blueprint. You are such a blessing, thank you for making us think about our new creation.

    • You don’t know how much this reply meant to me. Sometimes I feel like my words are going out into the abyss and I’m the only one reading them. Knowing that they have touched even one heart, and one soul makes all the difference. Thank you for the treasure of your words!

  3. I pledge to try to continue to be a
    new creation “daily”. Thank you Elle for committing to breathe new life
    into weary souls. “It is well.”

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