The New Year is a time to look forward and a time to look back. We make our lists of favorite memories, favorite moments, favorite songs, favorite new releases, favorite sports plays, favorite whatever of the past year. But in the midst of all our favorites, there are always a few moments from the past year that haunt us: failed goals, failed resolve, failed ventures, failed relationships.
It’s hard to turn over a new leaf or to find fresh resolve. The renewed motivation to stand up and try again is elusive at times. And yet, the God of eternity, our timeless Father who has no beginning and no end, created time. He created beginnings and fresh starts.
There is something about a “new year” that is just ripe with hope and promise and potential. Yes, I failed last year, but this year, this new year will be different. The clean slate of a new year makes it easier to resolve anew and to make one more attempt, because a fresh start speaks of forgiveness.
This new year, bask in the freedom that forgiveness brings. Instead of being cynical about failed goals of the past, embrace the fresh start that God, who is above and beyond time, grants to you each year.
This post has been edited and republished from my former blog Homekeepers. Over the next several months, I will be merging my two blogs into this one location.