Happy New Year 2015! I hope you all had a great Christmas. I had wonderful time with my family during the holidays and New Year’s Eve. Now it’s time to get back to blogging. :)
New Year is obviously well known for resolutions, new plans and expectations. We all long for something new every January. And hence, we make all kinds of plans to “start a new life”. We’ll start eating healthy food instead of junk food. We join the gym. We promise to read the Bible more and pray more. We promise to give more money to the Kingdom work. We promise to help those in need and be more others-focused rather than selfish. And of course we’ll clean our house more often and certainly we’ll cut our social media time to only a fraction of what it is now. And I almost forgot. Our children won’t need Internet, TV or video games anymore because I’ll promise to plan more creative activities for them every day!!! Ah. new life… I’m so ready for it. Let it come!
Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with New Year resolutions in and of themselves. If the Lord is leading you to make some changes this year please be obedient and follow Him. In this blog post, however, I would like to take a bit different approach to New Year. (As I often do.) I’ll share with you that I’m not going to make any New Year resolutions. Instead, I’m going to offer a prayer and confession:
“Dear Jesus, I know that I’m not able to keep even my own New Year resolutions. I’m able to “be a better person” for a while but I know that at some point I’ll go back to my old habits. I’m a sinner and I need Your grace for this New Year. I know that I’m not able to change By my own willpower. I need You, Jesus. It’s only by your grace that I can have my sins forgiven in Your precious blood and that I can only change as You, Father, are making me into the image of Your Son. Please help me and guide me this year Lord. Amen.”
I need more of Christ this new year. I don’t need to so much change my habits but let Lord change my heart. I don’t need to make many resolutions and promises for myself I just need to trust God and hold fast to His promises. Each and every passing year we’re just called to draw closer to God and get to know Him better. Let us do just that this new year. Jesus is everything we need and He desires that we fellowship with Him. Isn’t that the very reason why Jesus came to this Earth and died for us? He died so that we would once again have fellowship with our Creator. Praise God! Because of Jesus’ finished work on the Cross He has made peace with God and men. Hallelujah! Let us enjoy the presence of our God this year.