This Year I Will…

Resolutions – the new year brings with it new opportunities.  It feels like a blank slate.  This year I will… (Fill in the blank)!  A new bod – a new job – a new outlook.  Some resolutions impact us for a day, a week, a year.

What would it take for one to impact us for a lifetime?

I think there is something inherent in us that makes us strive to improve – to want to do better – be better.  This brings to mind Heather’s post last week about wanting Christmas to be enough, to be more.  Perhaps the same could be said about us. We – I – want to be enough.  I try – I fail – but in one thing I am certain, my hope is in the Lord.

Lamentations 3:22-23

                Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 

New every morning!

Not just at the start of the year, but at the start of every day.  Life can be hard.  The excitement and the promise of what our resolutions may bring begins to fade with the reality of the everyday routine. “I will eat no bread and work out every day!  Ok – maybe just one bagel and my toe hurts, maybe I will go tomorrow-next week-next month.” I regularly get texts from my gym asking me where I am, thankfully they still remember my name when I do show up.  It is easy to fall back into old patterns and familiar comfortable ways.

Ephesians 4:22-24

                You were taught with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.  

What if just for today I put God first?

He has given me new life – new hope.  Perhaps I could take a moment and reflect on him.   Learn more about his character and his love by reading his Word.

How might that change me?

How might that change my relationships?

How might that change my lifetime?

Jeremiah 29:11

                “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

I don’t know what this year will bring but I am hopeful and excited for the start of each day!

Lord, thank you that your mercies are new every day!  I pray that each day brings opportunities to learn more about your love and faithfulness and that encourages us to strive toward the life you have intended for us.  

Happy New Year my friends!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you for the great reminder that God does give us a fresh start each day. I want to put him first each day, in each relationship, and in each decision.

  2. Debbie Dawn Townsend says:

    Also to remember to persevere.. so many times we want an instant fix to an issue that has been years in the making. This gives me a good reminder that when I “fail” or miss the mark, I can just get up and try again the next new morning!

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