I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. To be honest, I’m not sure why so many people pin so much of their hope for a new beginning on New Year’s Day. Yeah, I get that it’s the start of a new year, but there are lots of “fresh start” occasions available; spring time, your birthday, and of course that old standby “today is the first day of the rest of your life.”
I’m not sure that I’ve ever heard anyone say that they managed to keep all of their New Year’s resolutions, certainly not beyond the middle of March. I suppose their hearts are in the right place, yet most people, at least those who I know, can’t quite seem to pull off the whole resolution thing.
Maybe they lose sight of how to make things new. So in an effort to provide a little hope in the resolution area, allow me to share some encouragement. When we know Jesus, there is always an opportunity to start fresh. In fact, Jesus said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”
There are dozens of places in the Bible where God promises us something, a fresh start. He says, “Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it?” in Isaiah 43.
We’re told in Lamentations 3 that, 23 “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
In Ezekiel 43, God promises to put a new heart and new spirit within us. And Paul writes that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
So don’t be too hard on yourself if you’ve already fallen short on those New Year’s resolutions. Keep your eyes on the One who alone can make us new. Happy New Year.