Our theme for this month: “A New Year, a New Beginning”
Our Bible verse for today: “Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “A New Year is an opportunity for a new beginning”
In only four weeks it will be a New Year – 2020! I always look forward to the beginning of a New Year because I view it as an opportunity for a fresh start. I approach it by first taking some time to review the year that is ending. I consider the things that went well for me, and I give the Lord thanks for those things. I also consider the things that did not go so well, and I ask God to help me see what I should learn from those events. I review the goals I had set for myself for that year and whether or not I accomplished them – and if not, why not. Then I turn my thoughts to the coming year.
I’m a big fan of New Year’s resolution and of setting goals. I believe that having goals is important, and that drawing the proverbial line in the sand, then moving forward into a new season of life with a fresh start, is also a helpful mindset. The fact is that none of us have “arrived” in life. We are all works-in-progress. Therefore, we should all be working to improve in the areas of life that need improvement. However, you won’t accomplish much if you aren’t intentional about it. You have to have goals, and you need a plan to accomplish those goals.
One of the reasons I love the passage in Lamentations, which I cited above, is because it speaks of new opportunities and a fresh start. And I love the concept of beginning fresh and new on New Year’s Day, because January 1st symbolizes the beginning of something new. It’s a great time to draw that line in the sand, leave past mistakes and bad habits in the past, and start fresh on a new path.
All throughout December I’m going to write about areas of life that might need some attention in the New Year and which we could therefore set some goals and make some plans to improve upon. We’ll consider things like diet and exercise; spiritual growth; finances; relationships; knowledge and learning; and attitude; just to name a few. I’ll offer some reasons why those issues or areas of life should be important to us, and I’ll suggest strategies and resources which you might find helpful.
As the people of God our goal should be to live the best, healthiest, and most productive lives we can. Every day is a new opportunity to excel, and 2020 will be full of possibilities and potential. But to get the most out of the days the Lord blesses you with, you will need to be intentional about it.
I hope you are looking forward to the New Year as much as I am!