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Trading Places

Out with the old, in with the new.
Remember the 1983 movie, Trading Places, with Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd? 

It was a movie about what happens when a  wealthy and a poor man trade places and who they become as a result of their new lives. It was a funny movie, but also the reality of what happens when people take on new changes in life.

It's like trading in our old selves with our new selves. Although Eddie Murphy's character was poor and became wealthy and the opposite for Dan Aykroyd's character, in the end they both learn valuable lessons about life and the importance of accepting people for people. They both became better, more thoughtful and loving people. Overall, the movie had a great message.  

That's kind of how it works when we accept God in our lives. The old has passed away and the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17). We have traded places with our old self and now we are new creations in Christ. And let me tell you, that is a wonderful thing. It means our lives are so much richer and fuller, because we have a reliable and loving source to tap into. We are more blessed, because of it. God looks after His own first, just like any great parent. Yet, His blessings are available to everyone. All anyone has to do is confess with their mouth and believe in their heart that Jesus is Lord and He died for all of us (Romans 10:9-10). Pretty simple really.

Anyway, I don't know about you, but I'm so much better newer than I was with my old self. I wouldn't trade places for nothing in the world.

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