Isn’t it hard to believe that in just a few days we’ll be entering a new decade?
There’s not much we don’t love about a new year and a fresh start. You can almost smell the excitement in the air as people around you stir about in a newfound eagerness for what the next 365 days have to offer. It seems as if everyone is focusing on goals he or she hopes to accomplish in 2016 with gusto.
Sometimes the ability to move forward in hopeful expectation of impending good doesn’t come as easily as replacing a calendar. We are broken people and as such are often marked by the shame of our past and fear of the future. This brokenness can hinder us from moving forward into the life God has planned for us. We’re often paralyzed by the thought that we are undeserving of triumph and unworthy of love.
The good news is that we serve a God of hope, forgiveness and redemption. God sent His one and only Son into our world to redeem us and make us worthy of all the goodness our faithful Father has in store for us. It is not work of ours, but the work of our Savior that calls us to a new life filled with hope in Him. When we wallow in our guilt or shame from our brokenness, we are essentially saying that Christ was not enough. But in His life and through His death, He is enough. Therefore, we are enough because He is in us!
Isaiah 43:18-19 says “Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.”
God calls us to fix our gaze on Him and His ability to renew rather than stare into our past mistakes and focus on our heartaches. A new year is a new opportunity to flourish as God so graciously provides. Rather than aiming to placate the sins of our past with lengthy to-do lists, new diets or fitness goals, direct your attention to how God has already made you new and is already working to bring more confidence and strength to who He has made you to be. Instead of making self-improvement goals this year, make trusting the Lord, whatever His plans, the resolution you aim to fulfill, letting Him redeem your past and sanctify you into a faithful follower of Christ.