2018—a pretty major year in my life. it’ll be the year i’ll become a legal adult, i’ll graduate high school, i’ll leave home, i’ll go to college, i’ll meet NEW people, i’ll experience NEW things, and i’ll have surprises, twists, and turns that i currently cannot imagine. this year is perhaps the most important year of my life yet. and as i look into what 2018 has in store, i have nervous and excited butterflies dancing in my stomach. i wonder what life will be like, what i will be like, on January 1st, 2019.
“NEW year, NEW me,” a clean slate of who we were, the ability to leave regrets and pain in the past? right? wrong. NEW year’s is often a time of radical “self improvement;” we set ourselves goals or attempt to implement lifestyle changes so that we won’t be the same person we are now by the end of our next trip around the sun. but we often forget that the difference from 2017 to 2018 is just one meaningless number. there is no magical reset button or quick fix to whatever we are trying to fix or hide from in the NEW year, a number does not have the power to change us, only our decisions do.
while i believe that many of our decisions effect our lives, i believe that the most important and influential decision we can make is to give our lives to the Lord. so in 2018, instead of pining after a number on the scale or a career or a relationship… let go, and let God. instead of micromanaging resolutions that are almost, most definitely doomed from the beginning, put your year into His hands. rely on His strength to help you in your aspirations, His grace to give you your clean slate, His love to make you feel priceless.
and giving your year to God, isn’t a decision that we can only make on January 1st—actually it’s not a decision that we make on any singular day—it’s a decision that we make everyday for the rest of our lives. unlike when we have chips and queso for NEW year’s day lunch (*cough cough* you know who you are) which ruins our resolution be healthier in the NEW year and leads us to the ultimate conclusion that if we cannot give up the creamy goodness of queso, we cannot get stop eating unhealthy food and we will not lose weight in the NEW year and we will always be the same—I digress—the Lord’s unfailing forgiveness knows that we will make mistakes but proceeds promise us NEWness anyway.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the NEW creation has come: The old has gone, the NEW is here!” ~2 Corinthians 5:17
our sin to the Lord is not equivalent to NEW year’s day queso to us. His pursuit for our heart does not easily falter, it never fails or gives up. He moves into our hearts and gives us a NEW life while offering NEW hope for eternity in heaven. He makes us NEW !!
okay so there’s some encouragement for 2018 !! i hope it is super special and amazing and bring you tons of laughter, memories, and joy !! :)
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