29 Dec “A Fresh Start” by Melissa Mitchell, Children’s Ministry Director
There’s something promising about the New Year. It is a chance to start again, to let go of old habits, to start new ones. Perhaps the previous year had some challenges and difficulties and it is a relief to have it end, hoping and praying that this year will be better.
You know what I mean, we’ve all been there. Whether it be: “this year: I’ll lose some weight, stop smoking, exercise more, spend more time with my kids, work less, get a new job, go back to school etc.” Sometimes we can feel that way about a Monday. “This week I’ll….” There’s something even hopeful about morning time.
One of my favorite literary characters says it best:
“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
― L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)
However, if you are anything like me, by the time February rolls around or even Wednesday of a new week, my resolves have faded away. I don’t know why that is, I just know that it takes far more energy that I would expect to truly change. It’s been a while since I’ve made New Year’s resolutions, perhaps because I know how rarely I keep them!
I think one of the wonderful things about being a Christian is that I don’t have to wait until the New Year or the next week to have a fresh start. Due to God’s love and forgiveness and the Holy Spirit that lives within me, that ability to start again is available to me all the time.
In Lamentations 3:22-24, Jeremiah wrote:
“The faithful love of the LORD never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
His mercies begin afresh each each morning.
I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance;
Therefore, I will hope in him!”
God’s forgiveness is complete and immediately available.
The Holy Spirit that lives within believers is available at all times to give us the power to complete the good things that God has for us!
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;”
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. So as we approach 2016, let us not lose heart. God’s help, forgiveness and mercies are available to us each and every day!”