“In the beginning was the word” John 1:1
A letter from a friend~
I think we all look forward to the dawning of a new year, especially after the frenzy of the preceding two months. Many of us are forced to overcome (or not) family dysfunction, sibling rivalry, shaky marriages, mundane jobs, and eventually, a mountain of debt to prove how much we love a specific list of people. And to add one more load of guilt to that list, there are the year-end pleas for charitable contributions from those we had honestly planned to help.
There’s no holding it back, we’re headed full-on into the face of 2014. It’s time for hope. It is time to make that list of New Year’s Resolutions! But even as I lay a pristine sheet of paper on my desk and take my pen, I recognize a familiar rumbling in my mind; an unsettled feeling that usually precedes failure. Ah yes. Over all the years of writing out my resolutions, I have yet to accomplish them all. To be humiliatingly honest, I don’t think I’ve remained true to any of them. One more year of guilt and failure was staring me in the face, flexing its very well-developed muscles.
I need a Fresh Start. I must break free from the shackles of doubt and failure that ensnare me.
Then I found the answer. Not by reading the new, “How To Accomplish Your New Year’s Resolutions”, best seller but by reading the perennial best seller of all time, The Bible!
I found ages-old wisdom that does not change and may be applied to our lives today. I found complete forgiveness. Even for me. I found pages of hope, direction for my life, understanding, and most important of all—I found unconditional love and forgiveness. This New Year I found a Fresh Start and New Beginning based on the truth of God; The God who cannot lie.
And here are some of the many nuggets of truth I mined from the New Testament:
Philippians 4:4-9~ May you always be joyful in your life in the Lord. I say it again: rejoice! Show a gentle attitude toward all. The Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe, in Christ Jesus.
In conclusion, my brothers, fill your minds with those things that are good and deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable. . . And the God who gives us peace will be with you.
Because I am weak, I wondered how I could possibly measure up to the gold standard established by God Himself. And then I read these verses that allayed all my fears and swept away my fear of failure:
Philippians 3:21~ He will change our weak mortal bodies and make them like his own glorious body, using that power by which he is able to bring all things under his rule.
1 Corinthians 2:16~ We have the mind of Christ!
Romans 12:2~ Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.
Now I invite you to establish your own relationship with our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ who will assume the full responsibility for creating a Fresh Start and New Beginning filled with eternal Hope in your life, both this year and every one to come.