Posts Tagged ‘new year’

Welcome to 2020! It’s a brand new year. I was contemplating what this new year brings and I started to focus on that word, “NEW.” It implies something that is a the very least improves and quite possibly even something that has never existed before. It’s exciting when you think about it. New years are often times of new beginnings, when people tend to focus on turning the page, making changes or maybe even starting over completely. Then another thought occurred to me. What does God call new?

There were a couple of scriptural things that came to mind.

Consider Isaiah 43:18, 19:
“Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.

This reminds me so much of all those folks turning over a new leaf, yet the speaker in this case is God. His people went astray, again. He sent Isaiah to them with a message of warning. Keep going on your current path and disaster is coming. Yet even in the midst of this prophecy, God showed them that He still loved them and had something fantastic for them. I love this passage, because it speaks to freedom. Yes ultimately it is freedom in Christ, but there is something else. How many of us are haunted by our past? Maybe it’s something we’ve done, or maybe it’s something that’s been done to us, but regardless, it keeps us stuck. This is often a prison of our own making. Oh we’re not necessarily the one who caused the problem, but we are making the choice to dwell there. God has something new for us. Something better. This verse is at least in part a prophecy of a coming Kingdom, the Kingdom of Christ, the one who came to set the captives free. Maybe today is the day to trust Christ and step into a new thing.

The Bible tells us that he who the Son sets free is free indeed, and further it is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Maybe today is the day to leave that cell you’ve been living in behind and step into the freedom of the Children of God.

There is grace and forgiveness in Christ, and there is freedom. This new year, why not step into God’s new thing?

I feel kind of badly these days. If I were to believe social media (the source of most fake news), 2016 was the worst year ever. One person after another lamenting how bad 2016 was. They have a variety of reasons for thinking this. The loss of so many celebrities, the election and its results and on and on and on. Why do I feel badly? Because I had a great year. Many great things happened for me. Am I abnormal?

The thing is, there are things that are out of your control, and when they happen they can really stink and if you have been hit with something very hard, this post may not be for you. I am not trying to make your year worse. In the midst of those times, the best thing I can recommend is hold on to the Lord and keep moving forward and that sort of brings us my point. We can either get stuck lamenting those things we can do nothing about or we can make the choice to give our best to what we do control, keeping a positive attitude and putting our creative best toward solving our problems and making the world a better place. I believe that’s what makes the difference between a good year and a bad one.

The passing of so many famous people was indeed tragic, and mourning is acceptable. but let us remember that many other people were lost as well. The best thing we can do is honor their memory and keep on living, moving the Kingdom forward. The election was what it was, a no-win situation between two people, that for some reason the general public picked and we had a winner. You may like the result, you may not, but at the end of the day, you can do very little about what happens in the White House and very much about what happens in your house and what you need to know is that’s where it all begins. Make the most of your life, bring your best to life and don’t stop.

At the end of the day, some things will be out of your control this year, for the rest of it 2017 will be what you make it.

Do your best to make it great!

So much is happening. We’re celebrating the birth of our Savior with all the hustle and bustle that comes with it. Then comes New Years eve and then a brand new year. I think those two things comeclose together by divine design. You see a lot of theologians believe it is unlikely that Jesus was actually born on December 25. Whether it is the date or not, it can’t be an accident that the celebration of the birth of Christ comes at the end of the year. That way as we remember the greatest gift humanity has ever received we also look at a new beginning, a new year.

As we remember the birth of Jesus, let us remember the new beginning of a new year. Just as He came to be a gift for us all, He invested gifts in us all, gifts given so that we might be a gift. How will you use your gift to celebrate the gift of Jesus and be a gift to the people in your life? What are your goals for the coming year? What is your vision? Where is God leading you in this new year? How will you follow Him into 2013?

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