“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
– 2 Corinthians 5:17
Every year we start the new year with resolve—resolve to eat less, drink less, smoke less, be more compassionate, be kinder, be more present in our work, family, and/or church lives. At the onset of each New Year, many of us feel like we get a fresh, brand new start. The midnight bell chimes and we suddenly have a renewed motivation to get done what we didn’t do the year before.
Although the New Year is a very secular holiday, there is something quintessentially Christian about. The idea of “rebirth” or “renewal” is paramount to our Savior’s message. We’re offered a renewed life and future through him, and him alone.
Every year we make countless resolutions with most of them left unresolved by the end of the year. I think the reason this happens is because we haven’t asked the right support system to shore us up and help us complete the task. We try to complete the daunting resolutions on our own and end up saying, “I can’t do this,” which is perhaps the most honest thing we’ve said all year. The truth is, we can’t, but God can.
So go ahead and make your resolutions this year but then give them over to God, in prayer, and allow him to renew and revive your life through him.