Thank God for a new year! I mean it...it’s an opportunity to reflect on the past season and shift perspective for the days ahead.
I hope your holiday celebrations were special—mine certainly were. I made time to be with family and friends, and I was as intentional about spending time alone to reflect. One of my favorite moments during the holidays was the blessing of praying in the New Year. It wasn’t flashy or spectacular, but it was needful and cathartic. I cried out to the Lord in celebration, desperation and adoration. My tears were a mixture of immense gratitude for His provision over the past year AND the acknowledgement that the New Year will require that I trust Him even more. I’m learning to hold all things from the Father with an open hand. I’m reminded often that while I’m privileged to steward over much, I own very little.
The New Year can be our reset button. It’s a good time to remind ourselves of new mercies, new beginnings, and new experiences as children of the Sovreign King. As you begin the New Year, I pray you’ll follow the encouragement of God through the Apostle Paul and let go of the past.
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Phil 3:12-14 ESV)
Don’t bog yourself down with pity parties over woulda, shoulda, and coulda! Trust me those rascals have packed their bags and moved on to someone else’s party. As a matter of fact, even if last year was fabulous for you, don’t hold on to it too tightly either. Instead, be bold and brave as the new day dawns. Hit the reset button, and lean into the Father’s presence for something new!
Stay close to Him this year…He has something special for you!