22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
I can remember that day of true salvation, that true feeling of being "saved." The exuberance of seeing things through "Godly" eyes, instead of sinners eyes for the first time in my life was refreshing and exciting. I thought back on my life, the times of old self. My thoughts took me back as a Baseball player, from high school to Junior college, from junior College to Division I Baseball. l thought of all the lives that I impacted, just through my Baseball career as my old self. I quickly realized the bad examples I set with the individuals that had crossed my path. You see I didn't truly experience true Salvation until Sunday, September 17, 2000 at the age of 29. I knew I couldn't go back and change the things I had done or impact some of the people that knew me prior to me becoming a Christ Follower.
The days of excitement turned to embarrassment and shame of the way I had lived. If I could just go back and get a "do over", to impact lives for Christ. I worried about the ones that I had influenced the wrong way instead of the right. But, the Lord revealed to me that it was more important to share with People about the change in my Life, and impacting people for His Kingdom going forward. Over the years I have been able to share with many former players I played with or coached to tell them how God has changed my life for the good. You see it is important to realize we don't get do overs, but we do get new opportunities. Those new opportunities abound each and every day, chances we have to show and share with others of the new self we have in Christ, forgetting about the old.
However, I truly believe remembering the days of old self can encourage and remind us of the renewing of our minds and the true righteousness and holiness that only comes by a daily pursuit of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Now, go out there and embrace the NEWI