A new year often brings new desires, new hopes and new dreams. There's something about a fresh start that inspires and motivates us. We're all familiar with the idea of a New Year's resolution. Wikipedia defines it as a "tradition in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice." Most of us have made one of these resolutions. I've broken most of mine.
I think the desire to make resolutions comes from a good place. We want to change. We want to mature and handle things better this year than we did last year. We want to know that our lives are going somewhere, that they are moving forward. We get excited about a new year because we want to believe things can be different. We long for a fresh start. A new year brings the opportunity to hit the reset button, to reassess, to be aware of what's holding us back and resolve to make steps forward.
Lamentations 3:23 says, "Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning." The truth of the gospel is that we have a fresh start every morning. We don't have to wait for a new year to get moving, to feel hopeful or believe things can be different. We hit the reset button every day when we hit the alarm clock because we wake up to a God who desires for us to "begin afresh each morning." Every day is New Year's Day.
God's mercies welcome us to dream big this year, but they also welcome us to dream big each morning. Instead of resolving to do better, we can rest in the fact that we are better. The gospel invites us not to new resolve but to new belief that because of God's faithfulness, we can approach each day with the passion of January 1.
By: CJ Whiteaker