New Year

We all appreciate a fresh start. The new is always exciting and sometimes even a bit frightening. Merriam-Webster defines new as having recently come into existence. Here is a great question, when does the new become the old? I would suggest the moment we feel so sure that we know what is coming next. Could it be that this familiarity is what often can cause situations or people to be devaluated in our eyes? I would argue yes. 
Excitement for a new year is almost tangible as if some invisible, magic line has been crossed which permits us to think the best, hope the best and give it the ‘ole college try. Really though what has changed? Not much has changed with the exception of a new fiscal year. Think about it–we are still with the same ole spouse, the same ole kids, the same ole job, the same ole God… So what is it again about a new year that brings such expectation? Could it be that we are giving ourselves permission to believe the best and renew our hope that our lives and relationships might just get an upgrade? We are relieved at the idea that the invisible line has been crossed, the past is the past and our future is bright. 
Yes, the new year is exciting but even more exciting is our same ole God who is always doing a new thing. One of the most amazing gifts the Lord has given us is the promise of a new start. At any point in our life, year, day or even hour, we can begin again. 1 John 1:9 (NKJV) says, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Confess and be cleansed, that is the best kind of new. 
We can’t wait to forget the troubles of the past but all we are doing is putting distance between ourselves and certain situations as time goes on. Psalm 103:12 (NKJV) says, as far as the East is from the West, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. That is amazing! The things that haunted us, He completely removes.
In closing, the concept of “a new year” is great but every new year is filled with the same old problems. Isn’t it wonderful that in Christ we can live in the ‘new’ each day. The book of Ecclesiastes says there is nothing new under the sun. So what really makes things new? New is God’s perspective. When we put on God’s lens to see, even the old looks new and hope begins to sore. So here is a toast to seeing through God’s perspective in 2018 and I pray that we all have a wonderful new year, ALL YEAR LONG. 

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