Brown Thumb - Encouragement Café - August 29, 2014

Brown Thumb

Café Menu for Friday, August 29, 2014

Today’s Special is: How to be a New Creation, in Spite of Yourself

Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Britta Lafont

Main Ingredient:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV


My kids and my husband call me "the brown thumb". My sister got all the green thumb genes from BOTH of my gardening parents. I am the kind of plant mother that doesn't have to worry about repotting plants as they grow...just about getting new ones, the same size as the old ones, when they die. I think if we could hear the little plant voices, crying out, as I wander through the Garden section at Lowe's, they would be saying, “We've heard about you! But we hoped you were an urban legend. Please, whatever you do, don't take us home!”

I think my problem is that gardening is such a time commitment. You plant. You wait. You hope. You pray. And you water. And there is morning and evening, a second day.

Results? They take a while. I read that an apple tree needs six to ten years of maturing before it can produce fruit. There is no microwave gardening, no instant gratification.

Holiness, walking in relationship with God, has been like that for me too; it has been a not-so-pretty journey. Whenever I'd read about the Fruits of the Spirit, I'd think:

What's wrong with me? Where's my love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? (Galatians 5:22, 23, ESV).

For many years, I felt like a colossal disappointment to God. Every morning I got up with a clean slate. I was in the same boat with David who wrote, " comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 ESV.

There at the beginning of the day, my heart would fill with promise, and I'd recommit to "being good" that day. And then I would get out of bed. It was downhill from there. I lived defeated. But, one day, this verse encouraged me:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

I’d read the words before, but never connected with them personally. One pretty dark day, just when I needed some reassurance, God opened the eyes of my heart. Suddenly, I knew what “new creation” meant:

• The work is already done!

• am the new creation.

am the firstfruit, brought forth by the Word of Truth (James 1:18 ESV).


And you are too.

The really good news? God has promised that HE will finish the good work He’s started in you (Philippians 1:6). It is relationship with Him that helps us grow!

Take Out:

Don’t cultivate negative thoughts about your spiritual walk. Just remember how easy God has made it for us:

Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.

James 4:8a KJV

He does the rest!


Dear Lord please help us to take our eyes off ourselves and fix them on You. Helps us to seek your Face and learn to love You well. Please show us progress on this walk of holiness, as we learn to be wholly dedicated to, and set apart for, You

© 2014 by Britta Lafont. All rights reserved.

Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? Pull up a chairHe’s been waiting for you.

Need a refill? Please join us at the Encouragement Café with Luann and Friends.

The conversation at the Café is always hot and fresh. We invite you to listen in as Luann and Friends gather around the table to discuss everyday life.

Comfort food for your soul is always on our menu, and friends are always close enough to hug. We invite you to join us daily, as our writer’s share how the Lord continues to transform them into His glorious image.

Still craving more…Join us as we grow together in grace and truth through our online bible study.

Stop by Encouragement Café and listen as the girls share life. Find podcasts, videos, Bible studies, prayer, resources and daily helpings of hope, laughter and friendship around our table. We've saved a seat just for you!

Originally published Friday, 29 August 2014.