Turning over a new leaf can sometimes be the best thing that you can do for yourself. It sometimes opens the door to possibilities that you or people around you never thought could happen in a million years. However, it can also be one of the most difficult things you will ever have to do. It could be changing a habit, starting a new task, going into a new situation; either way it can be an immense challenge. How can we face the challenge of turning over a new leaf, if we really want change in our lives? God tells us that He makes us a new creature when our hearts are convicted of His love and awesomeness.
God is the ultimate leaf turner, and if we want to change something we have to realize that for that change to be real, for it to stick, for it to be who we are from that point onward then we need to ask God if He will make that change. Leaf turning is usually seen in a positive change, trying to do better, make a move towards where we know we should be.
God through His Word has been rustling leaves for generations trying to move us towards allowing Him to make changes in our hearts. He has been at work from the very beginning, knowing that we need His help to make those changes, and that we are incapable of making complete change in our character, our thoughts, and hearts unless truly convicted in our hearts.
If you've been trying to turn over a new leaf, put down a habit that you know you shouldn't be doing, perhaps change your group of friends, or leave your past in the past. Ask God to come into your heart and really clean it out and make you a new creature. Only with His help will you truly be able to say that you've started over with a clean slate, that you've truly turned over a new leaf.
by Daniel Husbands,
Former Communications Director