New Year

Old and New

Happy 2019! Starting a new day, a new month and a new year is a nice way to think of a fresh start. In some respects, a new year is a little bit like a do-over, taking some of the mishaps, failures, lessons, progress and successes of 2018 and making improvements on these for 2019.

Where you’ve had failures & disasters in 2018, be careful not to allow shame, embarassment, defeat, fear or insecurity define your perspective on these things in 2019. Sometimes it’s helpful to think of failures, defeats, disasters and mishaps in terms of practice and progress. In this way, let’s make new mistakes in 2019 and not the same ones from 2018.

Where you’ve had success, improvement, maturation & progress, let’s take such momentum into 2019 and keep going! There’s a good chance that God would like to build on these things from 2018 and expand those victories!

It’s a new day, new month and new year – all aligned with God’s work because He makes all things new (Isaiah 43:18), including you and me!

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Saying Goodbye

The Bible has lots of “goodbyes”:

  • Paul on the beach saying goodbye to the Ephesian Church,
  • Jesus telling His disciples goodbye before the cross,
  • David saying goodbye to Jonathon

Goodbye’s are necessary for Hello’s. It seems to me that we often allow things that should stay in the “goodbye” compartment seep into new opportunities & sometimes undermine a new beginning.  So we would be wise to take some moments to reflect on this past year & take an inventory of the things to which we need to say goodbye. Perhaps it’s time to say goodbye to some conversations that have been unhealthy. Maybe it’s time to say goodbye to some dysfunctional eating or spending habits. And maybe it’s time to say goodbye to the lies from the devil that we’ve entertained though various mental conversations.

Before we can heartily welcome 2017, let’s be certain that we’ve made the necessary goodbyes to stuff from 2016 & the past!

Feel free to pass this along to any friends or family that could find this helpful & let’s set up 2017 to be STELLAR!!

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New Year’s Revolution

Since we’re a week into January, it seems fitting to bring up the new year’s resolution topic.  It’s really common to hear about the various resolutions people make, at the beginning of a new year:  get out of debt, lose weight, get in shape, etc.  Most of the common resolutions are noble and worthy goals, but they frequently evaporate with time, pressure, distractions and / or crises.

Maybe what we need instead of resolutions is a revolution.  Maybe we are too content with a incremental change rather than fundamental transformations.  Perhaps our problem is that we want window dressing but not a domestic overhaul.  It seems to me that we often settle for shallow, frothy and superficial changes when God is waiting to entirely renovate, redeem and transform us.  Perhaps we should put away the notion of resolutions and fully embrace God’s holy revolution 🙂

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