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Turn A New Page Or…

Ah, yes.

The well-known quote and it’s various, uh…variations.

Turn the page. 

Start the next chapter in your life. 

Turn over a new leaf. 

Violets are red, sky’s are blue. God is good, so what’s troublin’ you?

That last one was my attempt at humor. I’m referring to the simple quote about beginning a new chapter in our lives. A friend and fellow writer, Julia King, recently blogged about seasons. She asks: How have you grown throughout your present season? Writers, how has becoming an author enriched your life?

As a Christian, I was inclined to respond with how we “see” seasons-from a Godly point of view.

“Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart”
(Galatians 6:9, NKJ) is one example.
I believe my season, the season that Christ so graciously led me to, is here. I’m walking in the door right now. So, what do I mean by turning the page and all of that noise? I mean, the quote is cool. I consider myself a quote junkie. But, I don’t agree with it 100%. And that’s just me. See, for me, I’d rather close that book and open a new one. The one God has written you into.
Now, we of course have the bible, which is the bible of bibles, ya know. <-Again, humor. O course I mean we must read the bible as believers in spirit-but still not the book I’m referring to. I speak of the metaphorical book that the quote suggests. The book of your life. Now, I know that some may say but the book with all of the old ways and your old ways of doing things and thinking things is the same book that you must continue.
Nah. Not for me.
See Christ makes all things new. So with that in mind, why can’t I start a new book? Who says?
We’ve all read a book that was bad enough that we just couldn’t finish. Right? Exactly. That’s what I mean.
When we were able, we picked up a book with our name on it and began reading. We took it everywhere we went, and never let it out of our sight. But as time went by, the story started getting darker. Maybe dull. Maybe without any hope at all. It became a job. A tedious and meaningless story. But now we have a chance. We always had the choice of which book, which story we were going to write. But not all of us are aware of that choice, at the same time. But we do indeed become aware and we are given the opportunity to make a life-altering, fulfilling choice to begin a new story. Wholly new.
So put that old, worn and tired book down and pick up the one He gave you. The one He wants you to start. The one He planned for you to write.
Pick up that new book. And begin. It’s fresh. It has that new book smell.
They say start the next chapter in your life. 
I say start a whole new book entirely. It will still require some editing, but at least now you have that old book to refer to from time to time. Soon you’ll never open that old one again. In fact, let’s do this. Give it back to Him.*
Another thing about the new one: You know the ending. It’s a good one. It may very well be an epic one.
Also? The Publisher wants the world to read it. He’s like the Author. He knows a thing or two.
*some stories were never meant to be finished.
Be blessed and live in love.

About Tymothy Longoria

Tymothy Longoria has been described as a writer with a flair for the dramatic (whether this is true still remains to be seen). He is a fan of all things fantastic, metal music, black t-shirts, and aligns himself with geeks, nerds, and all manner of monsters, and is an ardent, optimistic supporter of his fellow creatives. He has written several short stories for the online macabre zine Underneath The Juniper Tree and in 2012 was awarded Debut Author of the Year by Twisted Core Press for 'Envy', his contribution to the Seven Deadly Sins Anthology. He is currently editing his full-length dark fantasy retelling, Revenants: Book One of The Stories. Fairy tales? If only. Legends will be reborn. Tymothy calls Texas home, where he lives with his wife, two children, and a cat called ThunderCat aka Kitty PawKitty. He is represented by Bree Ogden of Red Sofa Literary.

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