I spent roughly nine years on Young Life staff. They were nine of the most fun and difficult years of life and ministry. I had a mentor during some of those years while I lived in the Dallas area. His name was Tom Raley, and he was the most Christ-like and disciplined person I have known. Those of us on Young Life staff jokingly referred to him as the “fourth member of the Trinity.” Tom encouraged us to practice the discipline of Scripture memory. The first verse we committed to memory was 2 Corinthians 5:17.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

As we approach the dawning of a new year, I am reminded of this verse that Tom inspired me to memorize. On most days I don’t feel like a “new creation.” Intellectually I’m encouraged in my relationship with Jesus, but I still feel the nagging desire to be better—a better husband, a better friend, a better follower of Jesus.

During this time of year, though, I am reminded that indeed I am new. I am also reminded that Jesus promises us his father is in the business of making all things new. Did you catch that? He is making all things new. It is a beautiful mystery how God does this in the midst of our daily uncertainties. Still, he does.

Each time families join us at Laity Lodge Family Camp, we have the privilege of actually watching as God works to make things new in the lives of mothers, fathers, kids, and grandparents. It’s my prayer this holiday season that you, too, will be aware of how God is making things new in your life and the life of your family.

Take some time to consider these things with your family:

  • What was your favorite part of 2016?
  • What do you most look forward to in 2017?
  • Can you memorize 2 Corinthians 5:17?
  • How have you seen God “make things new” in your life and the life of your family?
  • How would you like for God to “make things new” in your life and the life of your family?
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