New Year, Old You

Laura Heming, Editor-in-Chief

January 2015

In a whirlwind of ‘new year, new you’ propaganda, you may have found yourself pressured, or possibly excited, by the idea of a year of starting new. This may have taken the shape of many different things. Maybe it was gutting your closet of that knitted dog sweater you keep in case you attend a puppy birthday party.  Maybe it was to cut down on Tim Tams and replace them with wheat grass or, quite possibly, it was to stop spending the midnight hours watching Friends on Netflix.

 Whatever it was for you, it probably left you feeling lighter for a year of new adventure and new philosophies. But, as you get to mid January, you maybe start slipping away from your ‘new you promises’. Maybe you start sneaking the Tim Tams when everyone’s asleep. Or maybe the gym starts missing your sneakers on its treadmill.

 Good things though they are, I find myself cringing at the phrase, however empowering it may be.

 The reason I feel this way is because it is becoming more prominent how heavily our culture is becoming ‘me-centred’ — so much so that our first thought when the new year rolls around is, “how can I better myself this year?”

 I would like to encourage you be a little rebellious this year. Keep some things of the past. Yes, don’t give away every dog sweater in your closet (metaphorically speaking). There are some key things — some dusty vintage vases in the back of your closet — that are worth keeping, dusting off, and putting on your bedside table.

 These vases are your old, solid habits. The habits you had when you first became a Christian and would spend an hour each morning praying and reading your Bible, journaling, or whatever you did to spend time some solid time with God. These are disciplines — old, vintage ones if you will — that are against the grain of culture and, oddly enough, will make for a healthier and purposeful year.

 So, in light of this tidbit of spiritual metaphor, we present to you our Vintage Edition of The Crown. It will serve as a reminder to stick to your roots, and what you started with at the beginning of your spiritual journey before things got cluttered with the world and its goings on. It is a reminder that everything new is not always gold, and perhaps our old habits and things we shoved to the back of our closet are actually the healthiest things to bring back out, and those new, shiny philosophies may be more harm than help. Let’s be a bit against the grain this year.

 Out with the new and in with the old.