I actively avoid cliche.
I do not enjoy doing things like most people do them.
I value unique more than the average person; I’d rather not do a thing than do it like everyone else.
For these reasons, I have struggled with writing a “Happy New Year post.” The holiday comes each year–has it all been said before? Resolutions….getting organized….starting fresh….
Does anyone honestly want to know what my New Years resolution is? Does anyone really keep New Years resolutions?
I don’t really care to add to the noise with a rant on new beginnings that 2013 promises to bring.
So I’m sounding kind of cynical and negative, right? Actually, I’m feeling the opposite.
I think people get geeked for the New Year because it’s a fresh start. It’s exciting to think we’ll make changes to our lifestyles. It feels comforting to put the past behind us and open ourselves up to something new.
It seems to me that what’s offered to us every New Year is actually available to us every day.
Whether resolutions stick or are abandoned, Jesus Christ lived and died to provide a fresh start for the sinners He loves. Any moment of the year can be a moment we choose to make changes–you could also call it repenting, turning away from wrong, seeking right. All year long, there is an open invitation to put the past behind us when we accept God’s forgiveness and let His gift of grace change us. Something new emerges when we experience sins of scarlet turn white as snow.
We’re a week into January, and maybe your new year is off to a perfect start. Even if it is, at some point this year, we are bound to fall short–yes?
I don’t think there is anything wrong with embracing the newness and freshness of these first days of a new year. But knowing our human track record of shortcomings, forgetfulness, and deviation, this January I’m a bit more excited about the future grace in 2013.
The God of the beginning and God of the end is somehow already all over this New Year. For the first time in a long time, I am making a resolution this year that I have every intention of keeping.
But at the end of the day, my efforts to perform hardly compare with the gift of forgiveness, given by Jesus, which even my greatest efforts could never achieve for me.
There’s no special magic reserved for the 1st of the year, and I find it rather amazing that despite our obvious inability to conquer and tame our sin, (though we can improve, of course) our sin has been conquered once, by One, and for all.
Through the triumphs and trials, may God be praised in 2013! With a special heart for redeeming the broken, He is making old things new. And to that I say…
Happy New Year!