Lamentations 3:22-24 (msg)
22-24 God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He’s all I’ve got left.
I will be upfront and personal: Brenda does not make New Years resolutions or is not very good at setting goals. With that said, is it time for a new direction? Perhaps the New Year is a chance to just change something in ones life. What if January 1st is just another ordinary day? Every day in life is a chance to change. Every morning offers a new opportunity to make a difference in your life. Every day we awake, His mercies are new so why can’t it be New Years Day everyday?
If we want to be different in personality or reactions, where do we start? What if we fail? (over and over and over and over again) Life is short but the connections we make here on earth are forever. I have read testimonies of those who have gone to heaven and come back about all the people they recognized. What we do here on earth matters. So how do we transition to this new creation if the old-self wants to butt in all the time? Not easy for sure. Let me share a little story from my past.
A few years ago a prophetess came into town and spoke a word of knowledge deep into my soul. It was a simple message and one that I understood immediately. “If you don’t start loving my people, I cannot move you forward.” Well, not the easiest thing to receive especially in front of a group of Christian people, but I certainly knew I had room for improvement in this area of my life. Yes, I was one of those people everyone loved at church but in the workplace I was not the nicest person. I was often sarcastic. I had no tolerance for stupidity. I had very little patience when things were not done my way. How did I change this? Carpet time and choosing to make a change.
I began seeking God every chance I had in services asking Him to change me from the inside out. Once I made the choice to change and asked God for help, things became easier because He began to show me the hearts of other people. He started giving me a heart of compassion like I had never known before. I began to see how people’s pasts played an important role on how they react to things now. I have learned to respond and not react to situations for the most part. Yes, there are times when I lose it and have to start over but I am not giving up.
So what do you want to change this year? Do you want to start today or is your New Years Day January 10th? Or March 3rd? Or August 14th? You get to choose because changing begins with you and God. Choosing to change means you are ready to take a step in a new direction and only you can determine when you want something different for your life. As for me, I am not sure yet what my New Years Date will be, I am not sure what I am ready to change at this point. Perhaps choosing to love more or having more compassion. All I know is that I have to be ready to make a change in my life because I am the one who will have to go through the process. So Happy New Years to those who are moving forward today and Happy New Years whenever to those who are not quite ready. Just remember, every day is a chance to change….you get to choose!