A new year is here. A fresh start — a whole new beginning.
Never before, in the entire history of mankind, has there ever been a 2018. Never has any one lived even one of the days in this year. No one knows what this new year will bring.
This new year that lies before us is one of intrigue, suspense, and excitement. It is an unopened book, waiting for us to turn the pages and discover the depths it contains.
Last year has gone away — it will never be 2017 again. There’s not one day I can re-live; one day I can re-make memories of; one day I can go back and change. It’s over and done with, and there’s a new year to live. To fill to it’s fullest, to make memories of, to uncover it’s intrigue.
The responsibility falls to me to make every single moment of it shine out with God’s glory. It falls to me to take this year and use it purposefully. To live every day with a resolve to get the most out of it, to enjoy it, embrace it, and praise the Lord above for it.
And while we are looking ahead to the year before us, we must not forget to look backward at the year behind us. To look at it’s mistakes and failures and learn from them. The mistakes I made this last year have not yet been made in this new year opening before me. The failures and experiments of last year don’t yet have a place in this new year the Lord has given to me — and prayerfully they won’t ever. Oh, yes, there will be new ones made, new lessons learned — but prayerfully I’ve learned the ones from last year. Laughter and joy haven’t yet filled the moments of this year; I have no memories of the days ahead of me. Only of the past, only of the days behind me. I must purpose to make memories, to laugh, to be joyful.
I must look at the past to be taught, and look at the future with trust in the Lord’s providence and sovereignty. To know that whatever happens in this new year, it is given to me by God Himself — the good times and the bad times; the happy and sad; the beautiful and the ugly. I must learn from them, embrace them, and look to the Lord wholeheartedly, trusting in His provision for me, as He unfolds His plan day by day.
I must remember that because He lives, I can face tomorrow. No matter what tomorrow may hold.
May each of you have a blessed New Year!