A new year will begin in a couple of days. My calendar tells me so, but the newsfeeds of my various social media accounts also offer telltale signs of the coming new year as well. Facebook friends are sharing posts full of buzzwords such as accountability, change, and discipline. Those I follow on Pinterest are pinning articles related to health, diet, and exercise. On Twitter, I’ve noticed an uptick in New Year’s related hashtags. New Year’s resolutions are a hot topic all over the internet!
I often pass on making New Year’s resolutions for two reasons. First, I don’t like dealing with the disappointment that accompanies the realization that I’ve missed the mark…again. In addition, trying to achieve the resolution often stresses me. (If I want stress, I can find it on a busy Wednesday afternoon as I stand in front of my freezer trying to figure out how to transform that frozen block of meat into something amazing in under an hour AND still make it to Bible study on time!) In a nutshell? Most of the time, resolutions just don’t work for me.
For the brave souls who may be tempted to sign up as foot soldiers in the Resolution Revolution, let me share something important with you. January 1 isn’t the magically enchanted day we’ve all been conned into believing it is. You don’t have to be confined by the calendar. You can start anew on February 5, July 16, or September 23. Honestly, any day will do.
Why? Because when we walk with with the Lord, we understand that every day is a blessing. Each day is ripe with opportunity. Each new day comes with the potential for success, another chance to get it right. You don’t have to take my word for it. God’s Holy Word confirms this.
- This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. O Lord, save us; O Lord, grant us success. (Psalm 118:24-25)
- Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
- Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:18-19)
- May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. (Psalm 20:4)
- He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
Throughout the coming year, I won’t allow popular culture to dictate my success according to its calendar. Instead I’m following the Lord’s lead and moving at the pace He sets for me. This, my friends, is where true freedom is found! I don’t have to carry the weight of the calendar on my frail shoulders, nor do I have to bear the burden of trying to do things on my own. When the Lord leads me, the timing is always right and January 1 is no longer an important date. When God is guiding me, any day will do.
Happy New Year!
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