Happy New Year! If you are like me, 2014 flew by. I’m still wondering where the year went, but no matter how much I try to not think about a whole new year, it’s here – which means fresh starts!
I’m typically not one to make New Year resolutions. Although I like the idea behind it, I always fail at them which has left me foregoing the tradition altogether. With the start of 2015, I do have a few things I would like to work on. This year, however; instead of formerly declaring “New Year Resolutions,” I’m going to think of them as fresh starts. New beginnings.
God is the king of new beginnings. It is talked about throughout the Bible. The very premise of salvation is based upon new beginnings. You see, the thing about God is that He doesn’t remember the old, He doesn’t hold grudges and He doesn’t bring up the past. Instead, He shows us perfect grace and forgiveness. Jesus came to wash away our old sinful selves, to allow us to start fresh in a new life with Him.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
If you have more questions on what I am talking about, I encourage you to read this post (feel free to reach out to us as well!). For those of us who are saved, every day that we wake up is a new beginning to live and be more like Him. Each day takes us through the sanctification process. Sin is not an “if”, but a “when.” Our job is to continually repent of those sins and move forward, striving to be more like Him.
Since we have Christ in our hearts, each day brings more hope and joy than the last. The closer we are with Him, the more of His riches we get to soak in while we are here on earth. I love this verse in Lamentations:
“They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:23 (NIV)
The “they” in this verse is referring to His mercies or compassion. His mercy never fails us, they are always new, always fresh and they are constant and perpetual. Jesus will always love us, show us mercy and pour grace upon us. Each day is renewed! The Lord forgives, forgets and never leaves us. He is with us day and night, and always there when we reach out to Him. He will meet us exactly where we are. And that, ladies, is what gives me spiritual light, joy and comfort.
In our walk with the Lord, each day is made anew. I am reminded of this as we enter into a new year – when the focus is on fresh starts.
I mentioned earlier that I have a few goals that I have set for myself in 2015. Instead of the usual diet and exercise (which to be honest I will be working on as well), I’m taking a slightly different approach. For me, they are spiritual. I have taken a hard look at myself and thought of a few specific things in my walk with the Lord that I would like to work on. I will be transparent and share a few with you.
- I know everyone is selfish to some extent. But I have found that when I am in a tough situation or struggling with something in life, my selfishness explodes and I think of no one other than well, myself. My goal is to pray daily for selflessness.
- I love to be in control of things in my life. I think of myself as strong, smart, hard-working and independent (although now that I am married I am far less independent that I used to be. Ha). While those traits can be a good thing, they can also be bad in regard to my spiritual life. I like to think that I can do it all by myself at times. I am really good about forgetting to include God until I have exhausted all other options. My goal is to look to Him first, and not rely on myself.
- I’ve never been good at journaling. I have tried, but I never keep it up. That’s funny when I think about it…considering I started this blog and write weekly and all. My goal is to start writing down a few things I’ve learned through my quiet times and things I’m praying about. I want to be able to look back at how I’ve grown in my walk with Him, as well as have record of the prayers He has answered. Bullet points are good with me.
- I want to grow deeper in my walk with Him. We all go through ups and downs in our spiritual walks. Sometimes we feel closer to God than others. My goal is to have more ups than last year in my spiritual walk. I want to grow closer and more intimate with Him than ever before. I want to think of each day as a new beginning – a fresh start.
Almost all of these goals will be met through reading Scripture daily and prayer. I’m excited what this year will bring, and I’m so very thankful that our Lord is gracious when it comes to fresh starts. So now it’s your turn. What are your New Year Resolutions? What are you going to try and work on this year?
I hope you all had fun at your New Year’s Eve parties last night! Enjoy the first day of 2015.