It’s the whole reconciliation story of the Bible that earns our diligence, right? Because God loved us enough to transform us into new creations, we live for Him.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
New beginnings are integral to God’s plan for us. Jesus’ sacrifice was the huge reset for humanity.
It is no wonder we love to feel that crisp freedom in the transition to the New Year. Let us consider that this grand movement towards intense resolution is actually rooted in the need for a fresh start.
You might not want to criticize the ever-cliché new-year-new-me person. Even if his/her change is unbecoming, this person is moving in search of the characteristic cleansing and freedom God’s reconciliation provides.
I’m totally a new-year-new-me person. Let’s just say, I’ve needed many a chance.
I naturally appreciate 2020 as the turn of a new decade because I am going to do this decade with Christ. My first year complete and now greater journeys to take. New version of me, new opportunities, new choices to make.
For a couple months I was drawing up my 2020 vision, trying to set a major goal. (By the way, goal-setting is hard).
It was stirring in me, not in a good way, either. I became anxious and fearful about the new year because I was turning into a dictator over my future. My idea of change was radical and honestly, unnecessary.
I may have been taking my eyes off of the prize (Philippians 3:14).
Then the Holy Spirit hit me. Well more like, He told me to kneel and pray. I did.
New year. New me. New goals. SAME GOD.
Praise the Lord! Could you imagine if He changed Himself every year?
In my short prayer, a lot of imagery came.
He is Big Him and I am little me.
My hands are too small to juggle my wildest dreams. His Hands hold the universe.
My 2020 vision may seem good on earth but it doesn’t see everything. The Alpha and Omega’s vision writes the existence of life from beginning to end.
God’s 2020+ vision.
2020 + God. I looked at my hands and opened them, God take these plans. The best goal is the one surrendered to God’s will and plan.
Surrender your goals. Yes, let them go. Give them away! to a much better Caretaker.
I promise, I woke up the next morning with WAY better goals than two months of my own thinking could ever come up with.
Still, He made it clear that one goal/habit take precedence this year. I’ll share.
To observe the Sabbath. Not to be religiously ritualistic about it, but to take time every single week to remind my inner dictator that God is God and I am not!
Exodus 20:8-11 (NKJV)
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work…11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
What is God telling you to do this year? Pray, I want to hear it!