Jan. 1, 2017

Happy NEW Year!



“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

It’s been interesting to listen to people over the course of the weekend and to read posts on social media. It appears some of us want to share how difficult our year has been while others want to focus on the positive simply being grateful just to be alive. Guess what? I think God is okay with both!

There is nothing wrong with looking back to see where we’ve been in order to move forward.  There is also nothing wrong with saying, “I don’t want to look back! I am glad to be moving on!” Everyone handles December 31st and January 1st differently. Some of us are asking, “What’s the big deal? Remember? Forget? Share? Don’t share? Just do what you want and allow others to do the same.”

Here’s the good news; in fact, I think it is GREAT news: every single one of us gets a fresh start every day. While January 1st is an exciting landmark in our year, we can actually wake up equally excited the other 364 days of the year. God is okay with regrets. God is okay with do-overs. God is okay with our choice to celebrate something new. The one thing God isn’t okay with is our choosing to stay stuck or remain bitter.

When we accept Christ into our lives, we suddenly become a new creation. The verse shared above is one of the verses that prompted the secular saying of “Out with the old; in with the new!” Truth is, we can have this spiritual renewal every single day. Everyone makes mistakes. All of us have baggage. We make the choice to pack the suitcase of life and sit by the side of the road just waiting to die or for Jesus to come get us OR we choose to take what we have – both good and bad – and praise God through it all!

I had a wonderful 2016 because I had terrible things occur that Christ brought me through and is still working on in my life.  I suspect you can say the same. We cannot be grateful unless we are willing to look at how far we’ve come and we don’t have hope if we refuse to face what lies ahead. With faith, we can do both freely and peacefully.