New Year, New Me

New year, new me. Clean slate, right?

 

Actually…not quite. Your slate isn’t clean. In fact, it’s quite dirty. Smudged. Ew.

Just because it’s the first day (or week) of a new year, doesn’t mean your entire past suddenly becomes non-existent. It doesn’t mean you won’t suffer the consequences of mistakes you made last year. It doesn’t mean you get a completely new and fresh start.

NEWS FLASH: It doesn’t work like that.

 

Every year, we gather and celebrate the new year – we eat food, stay up way too late, and make our resolutions. A resolution is an intentional decision we make; a promise to ourselves. Some resolve to eat better, workout more, be kind, help the community, etc. – most resolutions are aimed towards the betterment of ourselves. For years, I made resolutions to have a consistent prayer life, dive into scripture daily, be more involved in church, treat my family better, etc. And for years, I failed.

I never got it quite right. There was always something getting in the way – a nagging sin, a pride issue, lack of motivation, things from the past that I couldn’t quite get over…you name it. I’m not saying I didn’t improve…I just didn’t keep my promise to myself. I couldn’t remain fully committed to my resolutions; I wasn’t 100% faithful. New year? Sure. New me? Not a chance. I am still the same sin-filled person I have always been. But hey now, don’t worry…there’s an upside.

It just so happens that God is the same God He has always been – the same forgiving Father, the same redeeming Savior, the same Overcomer of sin and death, the same faithful, loving, and merciful God.

 

Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” (ESV)

 

Perhaps my sin is new every morning. Perhaps I will not shake free from it on this earth. Perhaps all of those years of resolutions mean nothing. It doesn’t matter.

It doesn’t matter, because I belong to the God whose mercies are new every morning. His faithfulness rises with the sun; His love washes over me when I wake.

Every day I have experienced the newness of my God, and every day I am reminded to be thankful for it.

 

Personal Reflection

Every day, a friend of mine asks me to share with her 3 things I am thankful for, and she also shares with me. Find a friend or family member and do the same – share with each other what you’re thankful for today! Go a little deeper – talk with each other about how Jesus has shown you His new morning mercies, His faithfulness, and His love.

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