This January I am taking part in a blogging challenge, Just Jot it January. I resolve to write a post every day during January. Of course, this might be nothing more than making new year’s resolutions. We all know how that turns out.
Why do people even make new year’s resolutions? I think we are all looking for hope. Hope that we can be better people. Certainly we can exercise more, eat less and persevere with all our other good intentions, but does that really make us better people?
I think it is the same hope that drives people to celebrate the coming of the new year every year. There are fireworks , parties, lots of alcohol and eating. It doesn’t seem logical. What drives my husband and I to stay up all the way to midnight, just to drink a toast and turn over the calendar?
We are all desperately looking for hope. Hope that the new year will be better than the old one. We can no more change the trajectory of the new year by the extent of our celebrations than we can change ourselves by our resolutions. All we can control are our reactions to the unfolding year.
But there is Hope. Jesus said in Revelation 21:5, “Behold, I make all things new.”
One day there will be a new heaven and a new earth. But that’s in the future. Meanwhile, there is immediate hope for us.
God promised, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a new heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” (Ezekiel 36:26-27 NIV)
God can do, and has promised to do, that which all our new year’s resolutions cannot do. He can make us new. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.“1 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)
Lord Jesus Christ, the One who makes all things new, I have asked You to be Lord of my life, but I keep trying to take back the controls. Please fill me with Your Spirit to move me to follow Your decrees and to be careful to keep Your laws. Amen.