New Year, New You

How many of you have a New Year’s resolution? In 2017, are you planning to quit a bad habit? Maybe you are adding something to your routine like exercise, organization, or a different diet. Some people find a great deal of hope in their New Year’s resolutions. They like having clear goals to work toward and a thought-out plan in front of them. For others is seems like making a New Year’s resolution is an exercise in futility as year after year they fail to reach their goals. This can be so disappointing and frustrating. It can lead to those people not just giving up on their plan for the year, but quitting the whole resolution process forever! 

As for me – I am no good at New Year’s resolutions. There have been times in my life that I have had a goal in front of me like getting in shape, journaling more, trying to eat healthier. I always start out with enthusiasm and excitement, but somewhere along the way I lose momentum. 

This can be as true for a diet as it is for our spiritual life. We might start off the New Year with the goals of getting to church more, reading scripture daily, getting back into the habit of prayer, but somewhere along the way life interrupts our plans and we stumble. The good news is that God is there through it all. He is there when we have renewed our focus on him and his Word and he is there when our daily devotion slips further and further down the to-do list.  If you want to keep your faith at the top of your list this year, here are some passages that might help you along your way! 

And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
— Revelation 21:5 (NRSV)
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
and do not take your holy spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing spirit.
— Psalm 51:10-12 (NRSV)
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
— 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV)