The New Year is a time to make resolutions, to leave past failures behind and start fresh. It’s rather like an author opening a new document and staring at the blank page. Excitement hums, anticipation whirls, and hope-filled ideas swim in the waters of grand dreams and endless possibilities. Yet, amid all that hope and excitement lies a twinge of fear, of uncertainty. What if this new idea isn’t as good as the last? What if this new year brings hardship instead of blessing?
As the verse from above proclaims, Christ came to make all things new. To eradicate sin and failures and fill us with hope, with confidence, and with joy. And this blessing doesn’t just come at that pivotal moment when we dedicate our lives to him. His mercies are new every morning. Every day can be a New Year’s Day, filled with hope, promise, and a renewed commitment to walk our life’s path with the Lord at our side.
This New Year’s Day was especially precious to me. My youngest son, Peter, decided he was ready to commit himself to following Christ and was baptized by his daddy. I sat on the front pew (to ensure I had an unobstructed view) and wept copious tears of joy as my heart celebrated along with the angels, welcoming another soul into God’s family.
As a parent, there is nothing I have prayed for more over the last eighteen years, than the spiritual well-being of my children. And this past Sunday, the last of my three children pledged his life to God. I cannot imagine a more blessed way to ring in the New Year.
So as you put away the Christmas decorations and set your resolutions for 2017, let me encourage you to hold fast to the hope we find at this time of year, and keep renewing it every morning, all year long.
What are you most looking forward to in 2017?
What are some of your goals and dreams for the new year?