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Fresh Start

By January 2, 2023No Comments

Here we are, a few days into the new year. In a way, it’s just another week. Yet, moving into a new year is a reminder of new beginnings and fresh starts.

It’s important to invest time reviewing what we have accomplished over the past year as well as what remains undone. But such contemplation can only take us so far in our journey of progress. To move forward, we must move past our failures, build on our successes, and apply what we’ve learned from them to achieve our new goals and objectives.

One of the challenges of moving into a new year is not allowing the failures and successes of the past to trap us, robbing us of the opportunities that lie ahead in this new year. An old proverb goes, “Yesterday is a cashed check, tomorrow is a promissory note, and today is the only cash we have on hand.” Again, we ought to learn from the past and, certainly, plan for the future, but living in the moment with an understanding of the gift of renewed opportunity is crucial.

For us to rightly move forward, we must look to the Lord. He invites us to move forward with Him amid all life’s circumstances. When we come to Him, He receives us and empowers us to press on with His leading to seize the moment.

In Lamentations 3:22-23, we read, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” God’s “steadfast love” speaks of His beneficial action on His people’s behalf. Such workings of the Lord in a believer’s life “never ceases.” In the context of this verse, Judah had been unfaithful to the Lord, but the Lord continues to be faithful. Each day provides us with a new opportunity to make progress by leaving the past in the past and living today for the Lord.

The Lord’s “mercies” or compassion go the second mile by replacing judgment with restoration. God displays great care for us when we fail by providing a new opportunity. God is always willing to begin anew with those who turn to Him and repent.

Paul writes, “I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14). Notice that Paul’s life is purposeful, for he constantly aims toward God’s goals for his life. Paul focuses on being in perfect fellowship with Christ forever. This is a worthy goal for all of this in this new year.

So, yes, this week is just another week. But let the new year remind you of new beginnings and opportunities. Place your trust in the Lord and let Him lead you into this new year and, more specifically, this new day. Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone)!