With August beginning, many begin to focus school's return. New classes, new teachers, new schedules, and new opportunities. Maybe you, as a student, are interested in redefining who you are. That person who left in June is gone and now everyone will be introduced to a new version of (insert your name).
I remember defining and redefining who I was, but why was I changing? Was it a fear that I'd be identified as something I didn't want to be? Was it a desire to be accepted? Did I really know who I was? What was changing about me? Was it good? Was it going to work out? Could I keep up with the image I wanted to create?
As the date closes in for school to start, keep one thing in mind. If you are a follower of Christ, you have become a new creation in Him. He should be the focus of our identity, of who we shape ourselves into. Salt and light, speaking words of encouragement and truth in love. Living in a manner that reflects Him and who He is. As a new fall approaches and the new you emerges, let this passage encourage you.
2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he/she is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.