Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Best New Start All Year

2015  - A New 

I love new starts, don't you? It's why we start diets on Mondays and why we make resolutions that start on New Year's Day. It's why birthdays are significant and why the first of every month is a new chance to live by that new budget we made up. 

God is the master of new beginnings. He is the maker of the new creature we've become. He is the giver of second chances - and third, and fourth...

All things are new in him and his mercies are new every morning. Every hour if we need them. We don't have to wait for January 1 or our birthdays, or next Monday. It starts right now. 

Why don't resolutions work? I think the main reason is that we can't maintain the perfection of a well-crafted list of them. Sooner or later - and it's usually sooner - we mess up. 

What we need to consider is that the destination is not important - the journey is what shapes us, challenges us, refines us. We can't do it alone.

God has plans for you this year (Jeremiah 29:11), and you can bet they are awesome plans. You can also count on them taking you way out of your comfort zone into uncharted territory. 

I want to step into that this year, don't you? I don't want to let fear stop me. I want to meet God in the morning when his mercies are new. I want to take his hand and walk with him in that place that has no explanation beyond "look what God has done!"

I want to live like I have only this moment. I want the fullness of it. I want the fullness of Him. 

I want the newness of every day to be like the newness of January 1. A new beginning. A new adventure full of promise and awe. Full of Him. 

My prayer for us this year is that we know God more intimately, walk with him more closely, serve him more faithfully, and experience his will for us more abundantly than ever before. 

I am praying for you.