I do not make New Year’s Resolutions. I can’t trust myself even to remember them, much less keep them. “I’m going to keep my desk clean from now on.” Who am I kidding? But here’s what I do like about the New Year: the new beginning. I’m all about new beginnings. I feel like I need a do-over every morning. …Fortunately, I have a God who allows that.
“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:22-24.
As it turns out, God not only allows new beginnings, He seems to be all about them. He makes a way where there was no way. He does what I could never have done for myself.
Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:19.
So here’s what I’m thinking… let’s throw out those resolutions. Let’s breathe. Let’s do a new beginning…
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17.