The new year. A fresh start. A time for evaluating our lives and making resolutions about who and what we want to be. It’s funny how so many of us see January 1st as a time for new beginnings. But for the first time, this year, as January 1st came and went, I didn’t feel as if something new was beginning.
As human beings we are so often driven, controlled and limited by our understanding of time. “I’ll start my diet tomorrow. This is the year I’ll lose the weight, pay off my credit cards, finish school.” We forget that time is really a human construct, something we use to make sense of our world. But the “new” you doesn’t need to wait for January 1st or 31st or any other day.
The “new” you comes when you are ready. It comes from faith. Faith in God and his promises. Faith in the life and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I didn’t feel the new year in 2019 as I usually do because I have already taken the steps I need to become “new”. My life is no longer about resolutions. My life is about growing my faith. My “new” year’s resolution didn’t come on January 1st. It came when I was ready for it. The steps of my journey aren’t controlled by a clock, or a date on a calendar, they are controlled by the one who created this glorious world we live in. I may struggle at times and fall off the path, but I always know that the story of my life is the one written not by me, but by my heavenly Father.
The “new” you starts the very instant you accept Jesus into your heart. In that moment you are made brand new. You are bound to one “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20
This year I pray that God speaks to each and everyone of us in a voice that is clear and loud and undeniable. I pray that each of us hear him calling our name and we open ourselves up to the joy and freedom that can only be found in faith.