I love the new year, not that it is any different than any other day! In truth, every day is a ‘fresh start’ ~ every breath, every moment ~ an opportunity to refocus and accomplish wondrous things. For God created us with awesome plan and purpose!!!!
Oh, I clearly remember years of my life when I struggled with hopelessness, brokenness and despair deep within. So, I begin by thanking God for Jesus, and a New Year filled with HIS hope, love, wisdom and strength!
“Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. .” 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 The Message
Let’s consider your ‘fresh start’ ~ what does it look like to you?
‘Fresh start’ may be a vague term, but consider your heart’s desires for change. Define the areas in which you desire change for good ~ it could be huge, it could be small. Write them down, so you can keep them in front of you at all times.
“Write the vision and engrave it plainly …” Habakkuk 2:2
A ‘fresh start’ could be humbly acknowledging an area of your life that needs help ~ an honest desire to change a destructive habit; it could be to develop a new attitude about something that discourages you; it could be forgiving someone … or … you name what it is! I encourage you to identify one or two things that would represent a ‘fresh start’ for you ~ make it personal.
Now that you’ve identified your ‘fresh start’, envision yourself filled with God’s love and courage to take that step forward toward change, goals, or your heart’s desires. One step at a time.
I would also encourage you to find an accountability partner ~ someone you trust! Someone with whom you can share your heart’s desire for change. Someone who will encourage you when the challenge seems overwhelming. Someone who will celebrate with you the accomplishments ~ step by step!
I encourage you In Christ … and now I too will begin with you ~ I’ll identify my ‘fresh start’ for this new year, write it down, take my first step and pick my accountability partner!
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
Have a very blessed New Year!
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