Monday, January 3, 2011

Mental Vitamins: New Year, New Day, New Life

With each New Year we make new resolutions. Vows to make this year different than the last. Plans to change how we live. Goals to accomplish. All of this is good but do we really need a whole year to pass in order to make good and necessary changes?  People all over the world make New Year’s Resolutions at the end of every December, but they sometimes don’t even last into the 2nd of January! We all have a hard time acting out our good intentions. But no matter how many times we make mistakes or mess up, God walks patiently with us to help us and to reach out to forgive us the moment we need Him. And it's not a one-time only, limited time offer coupon. His grace is available continuously each and every day. Just as every 1st of January is a New Year and every morning is a new day – in God there is a new beginning for every one of us! In fact, we don’t even have to wait for a New Year. God extends His mercy and grace to us new and fresh every day.

Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulnessLamentations 3:22-23

There are many who believe the lie that because of what they have done in their past that forgiveness is not available to them. But the beautiful truth is that God's grace is extended to ALL who love and trust in Him. We are not prisoners to the sins of our past - the curse is broken the moment we say "I do" to God. "I do repent and turn away from sin." "I do believe that Jesus died to save me." "I do believe that He conquered death and is alive today." "I do believe He is coming back for me." Through God's grace we can enjoy His promises.

Anyone who belongs to Christ gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life begins!
—2 Corinthians 5:17

 So this year make the ultimate resolution. Resolve to give your heart to the One who gives freely His grace. Then you will have a greater sense of purpose, satisfaction and insight in your life.

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will. —Romans 12:2

It doesn't matter what you've done or where you've been, all that matters is what you do and where you go from here. You can't go back to the beginning and make a new start, but you can start today and create a new ending. You have the freedom to change. 


Have a wonderfully blessed New Year!

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