Somehow, it always seems to sneak up on you. Starting with Thanksgiving: “Can you believe it’s already Thanksgiving!?” And then Christmas: “It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Christmas!”
And then comes the remembering. The sweet memories. The regrets. The joys, the sorrows….the failings. The things you should have done but didn’t… the things you shouldn’t have done but did… the New Year’s resolutions that apparently you weren’t very resolved about, after all.
And with the New Year dawns the temptation to do. To strive. To be better. To make up for all of the mistakes and failures and things you lack and fill in the gaps and prove that you be better and make your best life now.
Don’t get me wrong. I think that Holy Spirit-driven sanctification is precious and important. And I think New Years is a great opportunity to take stock and evaluate so that moving forward you can live the life you want to live for Jesus.
But it will never be enough. You’re not going to be skinny enough AND nice enough AND memorize enough scripture AND make homemade cookies every day PLUS work out every day WHILE solving world hunger AND eating only whole-real-organic-etc etc and on and on….well, maybe YOU will. But I know I can’t. Or even if I can, there will be a million other things that I’m not going to do well enough.
This year, I NEED A SAVIOR. I need Jesus. And so do you. I want to encourage you, today, January 1 (insert year here)– let Jesus be your enough. Be grateful for the gospel. Thank him for the blessings of last year and thank him for dying for your sins that would crush you without the blood of the Lamb. Look forward to the next year and be thrilled that no matter what changes, “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
I don’t know what this year holds for you but I know Who holds you.
I hope that many of you find the time to evaluate, to think about your priorities and to make New Year’s resolutions. But I hope most of all that looking forward this year, and every year, your heart looks heavenward and sees the Son, interceding for you, loving you, being your brother. And that as you seek to love and honor Him, God gives you grace to know that in Christ, He’s your Abba Daddy who loves you and delights in you.
And it will be a Happy New Year, indeed.