Today is the beginning of a new year, and with it comes the chance for a fresh start, right? Well, I have a question. Why on earth do we let the calendar dictate when we "get" a fresh start? If there are things in our lives that we want to change, why wait until January 1? Why do we give ourselves permission to go "all out" the last few weeks of the year, knowing January brings a new beginning and new (a.k.a., old) resolutions?
Why live in our mess any longer than we have to, when the book of Lamentations tells us,
The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness. "The Lord is my portion," says my soul,
"Therefore I have hope in Him." (Lamentations 3:22-24 NASB)
Yes, go ahead and make a new start today. And then make another one the next day. And the next. Every day is a new day, a chance to begin again, to make different decisions. If we are going to make resolutions, then let's resolve to remember His mercies are new every morning and that we are dependent on Him to maintain forward progress. Resolve to surrender daily and maybe the rest will fall into place.