I love New Years because it smacks of new beginnings, and new beginnings are ever so hopeful. This year I’m going to shed those extra ten pounds. This year I’m going to take that trip to Israel. This year I’m actually going to read all those books piled high on my nightstand. This year . . . well, you fill in the blanks. We all have our lists and New Years is the time when we once again look forward to a fresh start.
But the truth is we don’t have to wait for another new year to start over. Everyday is new in the Lord. Everyday we can start with a clean slate. The Bible tells us that today is the day the Lord has made, and that God’s mercies are new every morning. That means no matter how badly we’ve blow yesterday, today we can start fresh with God.
I love that about God. He never rubs our nose in our failings, our shortcomings. And if we confess our sins to Him the Bible says He casts them into the depths of the sea to be remembered no more. And He’ll never fish them out to throw them in our faces, either. So while I still love New Years, I’ve passed enough new years to know that those resolutions I make on January 1st don’t take long to go by the wayside. And that’s OK, because I don’t have to wait until next New Years to begin again, and neither do you.
Wishing everyone a blessed and Happy New Year!
Until next week,