Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Day 15: Expand Your Horizons

entire series here
My word for this year is NEW.

It has been on my heart since last fall.

Behold I make all things new....(Revelation 21)

“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." (Isaiah 43:18-19)

A new thing...

This has definitely been true of my life the past couple months and already this year. New ministries, new business, new venues. New.

The thing is-I don't like new. New is scary. New is a gamble. New is uncomfortable. New is hard work.

Seriously, I have my favorite dish at every restaurant we visit. I rarely try something new. Unless they are out of my favorite. Then, because I must eat, I pick out something else.

I'll stick with my tried and true, trustworthy favorites, thank you very much.


Today, for this New Year: Renewed You, I want you to try something new. Something big and life changing or something very small in the scope of things. Something that won't radically change your world if you don't like it or it doesn't work for you. Something that may radically change your world if you discover you do like it or it works amazingly!

Try a new recipe. New class. New food. New look/style. New book genre. New paint. New color. New make-up. New Accessories.

Try something new that isn't you at all. Think outside your box. Challenge yourself.

Last week Lisa was out of town and visited a new gym. It was totally not her style. But, she challenge herself to walk through the doors of a new place and do what she came to do. She even made some new friends. (here) Her story will make you laugh.

I have been trying out lots of new recipes for my new meal subscription business. I am committed to not foisting a recipe on others that I haven't previously made and enjoyed.

I tried two recipes that had raisins in them. Fruit with meat. Yuck! I NEVER put fruit with meat. EVER. And my relationship with raisins is very regulated-by the handful or with granola. That's it. But, I decided to try both recipes, and I especially loved the Chicken Mole'. It was amazing. It totally makes the cut, and will be appearing on a plan soon.

The thing about new is that is a clean slate. No prejudices. Fresh. The unfamiliar waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. New is exhilaration perched on the cusp of the unknown and, as yet, unexperienced.

New is good.

I dare you to try something new today!