Things from the past, new & old!
Start with a clean slate!
Don’t you just love that idea? A clean slate, an uncluttered desk, a clear mind…..
I’ve heard this all my life, yet just realized exactly what is a clean slate. It’s related again to another memory from school days of times past.
Do you remember the huge chalkboards on the schoolroom wall? I’m not talking about the whiteboards of today’s classrooms, with their colorful ink, but the black or green slateboards of earlier years. What about the squeak, squeak of the white chalk as it made its way across the chalkboard, remember that? Ohhh, that sound! Sometimes it would drive you crazy!
If you happened to be the teacher’s pet, you may have had the privilege of leaving the classroom to dust the erasers. I was such a privileged one, and it felt like such freedom to be outside when everyone else was inside the prison-like walls.
However, the clean dusted erasers did not do the job entirely. The teacher would need to take another step in order to be able to have her handwritten notes presented. That next step was to WASH THE SLATE CLEAN! Usually, this was not done during class time but at the end of the day in preparation for the next, and after all the present day’s work was done and the students departed.
That’s exactly how we should look at the New Year, as a CLEAN SLATE. What is it that’s bothering you from 2014? Erase it! Do you have failures in your mind that are holding you back? Wash your mind clean of those! Are there things you wish you could do over? Then, do it over, or ‘chalk it up to experience’ and move forward to something new.
Try to adopt the optimism of Anne Shirley of Anne of Green Gables. She seemed to always be getting herself into sticky situations, usually because of her own actions. However, when she awoke the next morning, she would say, “Today is a new day with no mistakes in it!”
Wipe the slate of 2014 clean, and make a new effort to keep it that way by clearing wrong thoughts & actions of others and yourself from your mind at the end of each day. Then YOU can face each new day with no mistakes in it!
“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
“It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”