On New Year’s Day, it’s natural to focus on the “new” part. It’s a new day, a new week and a new year all in one, this year. Today is a traditional time to make New Year’s Resolutions and a time when the entire country focuses on getting organized and healthy and cleaning up our acts.
For me personally, it’s even bigger than just the start of a year. In the last few months I’ve switched houses twice, live in a different city and state and of course, I changed jobs. “New” has been on my mind a lot lately. I’ve never been much for making Resolutions, mostly because I’m not good at keeping them, also, if I think about all the things I should be changing in my life it becomes overwhelming quickly. Let’s face it – I have a lot I need to work on changing. I should straighten out my diet and exercise more. I should be more organized and more consistent. I should spend more time in God’s word, I should…I should. The “should” list is pretty much endless.
I’ve never been much for the New Year’s Resolution thing. In spite of that, I cannot help but think about how great the ability to start fresh feels to my soul.
Today I read this verse in Lamentations 3:22-24
Because of the Lord’s gracious love we are not consumed,
since his compassions never end.
They are new every morning—
great is your faithfulness!
“The Lord is all I have,”[a] says my soul,
“Therefore I will trust in him.”
God’s grace is new every morning! Did you get that? Every morning when you get up, you start new with Jesus. New Year’s Resolutions? Not necessary. Every single day is a new start. Through God’s grace we get to work on changing what we need to change every single day.God's grace is new every single day. #godsgrace #newinchrist #blessedbutstressed Click To Tweet
I’m sitting in my quiet house, after a crazy busy Christmas break with all my kids home, plus other friends and family who visited. It was wonderful – tiring but wonderful. I had a huge list of things to get done through the break and I completed a good portion, but still have lots to do. I should be…should do…should…
My plan is simple.
I’m going to cling to being new, every day, through the grace of Jesus Christ. God can change in me whatever He needs to change. He will give me the strength to do what I need to do. He provides whatever I need. I will rest in Him and choose His grace each day.New Year's Resolution or new start with God? #newinchrist #newyear2017 Click To Tweet
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