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Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Colossians 3:9-10 NIV

New Year is a traditional time to evaluate the year just coming to an end and to make resolutions for the coming year. These are things that I typically want to start, or stop, doing. But I have generally given up the habit of establishing resolutions for the new year; it just seems to be of little value in actually making any improvements in who I am. Although there is definitely much room for improvement.

Father Time and His Replacement

But I do find value in one of the traditional images of New Year. Although it comes in a variety of forms, the image of the old man and young child, representing the outgoing and incoming years does paint a good picture for me.

The old man represents a year that is worn out with all of the struggles of life. While the young child is new and fresh and ready to face all that the new year will bring. And I find this image fits well with Paul’s admonition to believers in Colossians 3:5-14.

Changing Clothes

Here Paul instructs us, like changing clothes, to put off the old self and put on the new self. This old set of clothes, like the old man in the image, is stained with the world and its association with it. The clothes we are to remove include sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, greed, anger, rage, malice, slander, filthy language, and lying. All of these attributes of the ‘old man’, need to be removed. Because they have no place in the person God has called me to become.

Instead, I am to put on a new set of clothes. Including compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, bearing with each other, forgiveness, and love. This ‘new self’ is one that will honor God in holiness and should be my goal. It is a choice that I am called to make; out with the old and in with the new.

How about it? Will you put off the ‘old man’ in this new year and choose to be made anew? To put the ways of this world behind you and be transformed by the renewing of your mind?


The views expressed here are solely mine and do not necessarily reflect those of any other person, group, or organization. While I believe they reflect the teachings of the Bible, I am a fallible human and subject to misunderstanding. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions about this post in the comments section below. I am always interested in your feedback.

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A Clay Jar contains the thoughts of Ed Jarrett, a clay jar (2 Cor. 4:7) that God has filled and called to serve his church. The posts found here are mostly in the form of daily devotions based on the inspired word of God. My prayer is that you will find these encouraging and helpful in your walk with our Lord.

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