Part 4: A Fresh Start
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. At the
onset of each New Year, many 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
Although the New Year is a very secular holiday, there is
something quintessentially Christian about it. 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
Every year we make countless resolutions with most of them
left unresolved by the end of the year. I think this happens
because we haven’t asked the right support system to shore us
up and help us complete the task. We try to achieve 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 for the next year but
then give them over to God, in prayer, and allow him to renew
and revive your life through him.
As we enter into the New Year, join me in prayer:
Lord, you make all things new. You spur hope in my heart and cause my
spirit to be born again. Thank you for this new year and all the potential
it holds. Kindle in me a mighty and bold flame for you so that many may
see the wonders of God. Lord, I offer up this new year to you, may your
will be done, may I make a difference, and always, may I continue to stay
connected to you. Amen
BUT THOSE WHO HOPE IN THE LORD WILL RENEW THEIR
STRENGTH. THEY WILL SOAR ON WINGS LIKE EAGLES; THEY
WILL RUN AND NOT GROW WEARY, THEY WILL WALK AND
NOT BE FAINT.