Breaking Free Through Christ

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Well- - February 2, popularly known as “Groundhog Day,” has come and gone. The annual celebratory event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania revealed that the groundhog named, “Punxsutawney Phil” did not see his shadow which allegedly heralds an early spring.

Not that I am an expert in this matter, but it pretty well shakes out something like this. If the groundhog sees his shadow, then there will be six more weeks of winter. However, if the groundhog does not see his shadow, winter will only last another month-and-a-half! I suppose this “highly scientific” ordeal tells us something about our confidence in meteorology.

“Groundhog Day” has come to take on another meaning in our modern culture since a movie bearing the same name was released in 1993. I saw the movie on TV once and, like most movies that come out of Hollywood, cannot give it full endorsement due to some of its content. However, it does have a redeeming value of which I want to note here.

In the movie Bill Murray plays a weather man (not a good person) who is covering the Ground Hog Day event in Punxsutawney for the fourth year and he is not happy about it. He sarcastically goes through the day and wakes up the next day to learn that everything repeats itself just like the day before. Day after day, regardless of what he does, he is caught in a time loop and every day is Groundhog Day! Finally though, he is able to break the cycle when he decides to reform and start living a better life.

Do you find yourself in a “Groundhog Day” cycle? It may not be exactly the same as the movie, but it is similar in that you find yourself with the same old people- - doing the same old things- - in the same old places. It becomes a cycle that seems to be never ending and every day is pretty much the same.

If you do, I want to tell you that there is a way out. You can change your life, or better said your life can be changed in Christ! There are numerous thoughts in the New Testament like being “born again” and becoming a “new man” that prove this point. Further, Paul wrote, “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Finally, Jeremiah penned, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning…” (Lamentations 3:22, 23).