A New Year
While writing a letter, check, email, or other document how often have you put down the past year, only to then mark it out in favor of the correct one? It seems to happen every January. I’ve been guilty of this in the past and many of my checks have a 2018 or 2019 written at the top. Interestingly enough this year has been different. We are only a few days into 2021, and I have noticed that I have yet to need a 2020 on any of my documents. Perhaps I’m a bit more “with it” this year, or (more likely) I have been so eager to see 2020 in the rearview mirror that I’ve been right each time I’ve had to put down the date.
This past year wasn’t an easy one, was it? I’m sure I’m not the only one who looks with hope towards the next 365 days and the good changes that might be ahead of us. Of course, it’s important to remember that dates and years are all created by people and are thus arbitrary when it comes to our destiny.
As we enter 2021, let’s not expect this new year to “save us” or be automatically better. Instead, let’s see this New Year as an opportunity to re-center ourselves on our relationship with Jesus. Let’s use this new beginning (arbitrary as it is) as a chance to remind ourselves of God’s love for us so that we are grateful. When we strengthen that relationship and swim in that gratitude, the coming days will be transformed. Not because a “0” turns into a “1” but rather because we have transformed the coming days through our actions and our response to what God has already done for us.
May your coming days be blessed by the Lord of yesterday, today, and tomorrow: Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen