New Year…New Day, New Me

It’s a new year, and with the new year typically come “new year’s resolutions.”  When I was a teenager, I would put a lot of thought and energy into creating a sacred list of things that I wanted to change in my life. 

 

On January 1st of any given year, many people do the same.  They’ve resolved to change their lives. They start out with good intentions and maybe even a plan of success, but around February 1st, something happens.  Our list of resolutions quickly finds itself in the trash can, or at least mine did.  Why is this?  For me, I forget the reason I started out on the “new year, new me” journey.  I forget the goals I set, or the target I was aiming for.

 

But what is the big deal about New Years?  What is it about changing the last two digits of the year that makes us feel like our life (or at least parts of our life) are a clean slate? It’s not like January 1st
has some kind of magical power that renders the choices, events, and circumstances of the previous days and months no longer valid. 

 

This year, Facebook reminded me of something from five years ago: “My only New Year’s resolution is to live each day as though it truly is new: the past does not hold it, and the future cannot not rush it. Today will simply be…today!” I read, and re-read this simple statement with tears in my eyes, and the Holy Spirit nudged my heart: 

You can begin again every day. “Certainly the faithful love of the Lord hasn’t ended;[f] certainly God’s compassion isn’t through!  They are renewed every morning. Great is your faithfulness.  I think:[g] The Lord is my portion! Therefore, I’ll wait for him. The Lord is good to those who hope in him, to the person[h] who seeks him.”  Lamentations 3: 22-25 (CEB)

We don’t have to wait for New Years Day, or the 1st of a month, or even a Monday to start fresh.  Today is a new day.  The love and compassion (the consideration, care, kindheartedness, and benevolence) of God is refreshed, restored, revived each, and every day.  Whoa!!

Will we make mistakes? Of course!   

But if we confess our sins, He [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from everything we’ve done wrong.” (1 John 1:9) 

Let’s not focus on things we could have done better, or should have done.  Let’s be bold, ask for God’s forgiveness, and let’s keep moving forward toward the Prize, which is Christ. 

Father God,

You are so good!  Your word brings us life.  Help remind us that Your mercies are new every day, and You desperately want to start each day with us, guiding us, and enjoying life with us.  Thank you for your forgiveness, your grace, and your love.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.