Happy New Year!
So, just curious. Which route have you decided to take to become a better you in 2019? Let me guess. Celery juicing? Low carb diets? Eliminating sugar? Purging clutter of unused and unwanted items in your house?
I must confess. I’m guilty of them all as I begin this brand new year.
It is beneficial and wise to want to improve ourselves. All of the above things are necessary for our physical and mental well-being as well as the environment around us. But, why does the excitement of ringing in a new year have such power to motivate us to make a change? Why can’t this seasonal euphoric feeling be felt throughout the year? And sadly, why does all this hyped-up, end-of-the-year worldly pressure to improve ourselves slip by the wayside in about one month and we return to our habitual patterns of laziness, complacency, and mediocrity?
I’m exclaiming, “Not this year!”
As I reflect on my post, “An Alternative To New Year’s Resolutions,” I reiterate my philosophy that we should not need a celebratory yearly holiday to motivate us to improve ourselves. Yes, it is a cleansing feeling to leave behind the old year, especially if it wasn’t a great one. However, this is a good reminder that, should God bless us with the amazing opportunity to wake up another day, we get to intentionally decide on a daily basis how we want to live our lives and the choices we will make.
Our Lord says, “My mercies are new every morning.” Lamentations 3:22-23
What an encouragement! If the God who created the Universe and everything in it is this immensely gracious to his children each new morning, then I must meditate on this and allow myself to forget the flaws of yesterday and know that each new day is a fresh start. We don’t need a new year to change course, we just need a new day!
I really love this mentality and approach to life. It alleviates the pressure of being perfect and condemning yourself and allows the lessons of yesterday to wisely and deliberately fuel today’s choices and direction.
It’s never too late to right the wrongs of yesterday. Eat healthier, exercise, declutter, forgive, apologize, be kind, humble and selfless, be goal-oriented, and begin that project now!
Along with your personal goals for the New Year, I encourage you to add one more. Join with me in continuing to grow in a relationship with our Creator. Learn to submit to Him, be obedient to Him, and acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6