Here we all are in January, -the month more than any other when humans and parrots aspire to make changes in their lives. My New Year’s resolutions are to stop gnawing the kitchen cabinets in 2020, and to try to stop stealing bananas from the fruit bowl. And I guess that some of you will be aiming to take more exercise, go on a diet, drink less alcohol, give up smoking or sugar, and maybe to try to pray or read the Bible on a more regular basis.
The start of a New Year marks a time of new beginnings and change. A time of new aspirations and intentions. And of course, the arrival of Jesus here upon earth on Christmas Day marked a huge new beginning for all humanity and creation. Because through Jesus, the world was able to discover what God is all about. And that still applies to all of us today:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2Corinthians 5:17).
And we don’t have to wait until the first of January to change. The start of every single day represents a new beginning. A fresh start. The potential for new ideas and insights. A day of huge possibilities and potential. A day when we can better ourselves, and help to improve the world around us.
We are given at least 365 new starts every single year. And when we truly allow the spirit of God to come inside us, then we begin to live a life that is full of new beginnings and surprises. New directions. New callings. Unforeseen opportunities. All of which allow us to let go of the human systems and structures that can so often hold us down and entrap us. Because God’s new things will renew, refresh and restore us.
So every day should be an adventure. Every day is a gift from God. A priceless gift to be used wisely…….