New International Version
22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
These beautiful crocuses fit today’s verses. They are the perfect symbol of renewal. Coming up in the middle of swampy brown water and surrounded by dead leaves, they are growing clean and bright out of the dirt, just as God intended. They are not affected by “the world” into which they were born. They are not brown and mushy, like the earth and leaves around them, “just to fit in.” I need to remember always who and what God intended for me to be.
Holy Father, I welcome the opportunity for renewal through you, each morning and each moment. This is a gift I do not deserve. Amen.