It’s here. A new year, a clean slate, a fresh start. A new 12 month cycle to do those things that you’ve always wanted to do and to learn from the lessons of last year.
This is my favorite time of year. I love the start of a new year, I especially love the days leading up to it when I’m full of anticipation, planning, goal setting and excitement. I felt all of that that this new year. I’m hopeful for what is to come in the next 12 months. But I’m also feeling like the slate isn’t entirely clean. Despite what the calendar says, things still feel the same. I look around and our situation is still the same, the things we wished and prayed for in 2017 we are still wishing and praying for.
So, how do we bring hope of a new year when things still appear the same? How do we make a fresh start when we still feel the same?
As I’ve thought and prayed about this I began to realize that it is not our circumstances that must be made new in order for things to feel fresh – it is us. We are the ones that beg to be given a fresh start and clean slate. To erase the mistakes from the past with a desperate promise that we’ll do better.
Jesus’ beautiful truth is that we don’t have to wait until the start of a new calendar year to be made new – He promises to make us new.
In Ephesians, Paul encourages us to take off our old self and to be made new in the attitude of our minds; and to put on the new self – the self created to be like God in righteousness and holiness. (Eph.4)
So it’s a choice, to take off our old self – the self that is hung up on what hasn’t happened or what was done to us. The old self that falls back on the comfort of gossip, indulgence or impurity instead of the comfort of the cross. The old self that chooses self righteousness instead of God’s righteousness.
We get to choose to step away from that shell-like version of us so that we can step into our new self designed by God. The linchpin, the thing that catapults us from the old to the new? The renewing of our minds.
When our minds are renewed by His Spirit and Word then we begin to see circumstances, challenges, relationships in a new perspective – a holier perspective. We see our life not on our timeline but on a Kingdom timeline, with eternal reward and eternal influence. We see others not for their flaws, mistakes or wounds they inflicted but with all loving compassion and mercy. We see ourselves, not as lacking or falling short but as being formed and molded into God’s original idea of us.
That’s how powerful our minds are – our minds either move us closer to our true identity, how God originally designed us to be and live, or further away into deception. It’s why there are countless numbers of books written on the power of our minds, on our attitudes, the ability to think something into existence, etc. – our mind is a battle field that the world wants to control and that God wants to reclaim. Reclaim as in claim ownership again, because our mind, body, heart and spirit were all originally God’s before the enemy was given a leash to rule this earth.
Beloved, God wants you back – back to the full, free self you were designed to be.
So as I look around my surroundings and my life on January 1st I am choosing to see things in a new light. I am believing that while circumstances may look the same on the surface that God is doing something new and fresh in me. Fully free, fully me…I don’t know about you, but that sounds way better than any New Year resolution of weight loss or financial goal I could make.
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