Happy New Year!!!
There is a newness about this time of year that starts me thinking about all the things I need to resolve to do. There is also the thoughts of all the things I resolved to do and didn’t do last year. I’m sure all of you have at least had the thoughts of those resolutions and making them. Maybe a few of you have been brave enough to actually write them down and determined to carry them out.
In years past I have failed miserably at keeping resolutions. Maybe that’s because my life didn’t depend on the resolution I was making. Maybe I wasn’t serious enough about what I was proposing to do. Maybe I was just wanting to feel like I was a part of the resolution crowd and not left out. Whatever the reason was, it didn’t work. We would sing songs and entertain friends till the wee hours of the morning knowing that we had a brand new year to look forward to in the morning. We would sing Auld Lang Syne and talk about what we are going to do different next year.
So what does that New Years song “Auld Land Syne” have to do with the new year anyway? Well according to Wikipedia, “The song begins by posing the question whether it is right that old times be forgotten, and is generally interpreted as a call to remember long-standing friendships.” So looking forward may mean having to give up looking back to the past so fondly and wishing I were there instead of here, where I am now. Does that make sense? I think it does actually. But there is also the side of remembering the past and finding those that are meant to be in the present and future. God may just want you to look at some of those old friendships and see if there is something there that is worth redeeming. starbucks christmas hours 2021
I also think I have found the secret to keeping all those new years resolutions. Think about this and see if it might help you also. Here is why I think it will help both you and me.
1. Gods New mercies are new every morning.
Lam 3:22-23 It is by Jehovah’s kindnesses that we are not destroyed, because His mercies never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.
Because of this I can start fresh new every morning and not have to worry about the fact that I failed yesterday or not. I get a new opportunity to start over each day. Kinda like a new years day every morning. A redemption from the mess-ups I have fallen into or out of. This brings freedom of knowing that if I might blow it today I can repent and start over without believing I am a failure and unsavable. I can know that in the working out of that resolution, I can continue to work towards the high calling of God and continue on with the mercy of God and renewed strength to persevere through any other failures or setbacks.