There's just something about a new Bible! Oh, I love the old ones, the ones that I've marked in and written on and that have tear stains and echos of laughter. But a new one opens up the anticipation of new insights and new "ah ha moments." I love the feel of the new pages that no one has touched. I love the thought process of "do I use this highlighter or that highlighter, yellow or blue, and do I write with a pencil or a pen, and should I try to transfer all my notes from my old one to this one or just start fresh). I love putting tabs on all the chapters and writing my name and date on the flyleaf.
It seems to me that our lives are like new Bibles. We've moved several times in our married life. Every time we moved I was apprehensive, even afraid. How could I give up my home, my friends, all that was familiar? There were all those memories associated with my life where I was, laughter with friends, times of worship at my beloved church, experiences with my children. But what I got was a new home to decorate, new friends to discover, new memories to make, a new church to love. I got to make new notes and add new tabs to my life. Eventually when we moved it was without children and I thought that was the beginning of the end but, instead, it was the end of the beginning and the beginning of something new and wonderful - a new chapter. And just like a new Bible, each new chapter brings new delights. Embrace the changes that come to your life. Join a new class, drive a new road, make a new friend, buy a new Bible. Trust me, you'll be glad you did.