There are 2 words that will kill you if you let them:

What’s new.

As in: “What’s new?”

You know those words?

Have you heard them before?

Someone asks them innocuously, but they will kill you, I mean, literally kill you if you let them. I mean like take a nail and twist it slowly in your eye ball kill you.

I hate those words with a passion.

What’s new, you ask?

I’ll tell you what’s new.

Nothing.

Nothing is new.

Not one single thing.

That’s what’s new.

Almost every time someone asks me this 2 word question, an avalanche of discontent is unleashed.

What’s new, you want to know?

No, I’m not pregnant. And no I’m still not dating anyone. And no, I didn’t buy a new house or a new dog. I don’t have a vacation planned and I’m not getting a raise anytime soon. And no, there are no new book deals on my deck.

So, what’s new, you ask?

I’ll tell you exactly what’s new.

I’m 14 days behind on my Bible reading plan. And I’m back to eating healthy again this month – which is new. But I still I hate it – and that’s not new.

See what I mean? Two simple words but they’ll kill you if you let them.

The reality is that most of life is the same with a few fluctuations over time. We live in the same houses and eat the same foods and go to work at the same places.

It can get monotonous.

Everyone else’s life can sound so much more exciting than mine.

It’s why we check our Facebook at least 14 times a day. It’s why Netflix is so huge now and why we thrive on controversial news stories.

But when you stop and think of it, monotonous can be a welcome reprieve if you’re the parent of a child with a headache who was just diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Monotonous is a gift for a Syrian family who now finds themselves displaced without home.

Monotonous is also a gentle reminder that our God never changes.

That his love is the same yesterday today and forever

and that His mercies – thank God – His mercies, they are new every morning.

So what’s new, you ask?

Go ahead. Leave a comment and tell me. I got all day to listen.

And that, my friend – now that’s new.

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