It’s a new year and for most of us that means making new resolutions. We make plans to accomplish all of the things we have thought about and dreamed about all year long.
Now that the Thanksgiving pie and Christmas cookies are gone, most of us will resolve to lose weight. We spend lots of money on gym memberships or workout DVDs in the hope of shedding those extra pounds.
We spend most of the year caught up in the grind at work and now we want to improve our relationships with the people in our lives. So we resolve to carve out time for those we love.
Maybe some of us will take up a new hobby or plan next summer’s vacation.
But no matter what your resolutions are, they have something in common. We all want to do something new with our lives. We want to feel the excitement of the road less traveled and to have a renewed hope for a better future. These resolutions represent a transformation we want to take place in our lives.
But if we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, then an amazing transformation has already taken place.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Because we are in Christ, He has made us new. He has cleansed us of our past transgressions, changed us from within and transformed us into the very likeness of Himself.
He has given us the ability to let go of the past and move forward into that better future we have hoped for. We no longer have to think about all of the wrong things we have done. And we no longer have to compare our lives to the people around us. We are a new creation, a spiritual creation. Now we can see the world through spiritual eyes.
Where will that take us this year? I hope that it will bring us closer to God and that we will consider what He wants our future to look like. As you are making your resolutions this year and striving to maintain them, I encourage you to think about the things you can do to improve your spiritual life as well as those that will improve your personal life. So, I leave you with this verse that we all know so well and the one I will be thinking about this New Year.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Happy New Year and God bless!