On New Years Eve, the ball will drop in Times Square in New York City, signaling the dividing line between the old year and the new year. Will you feel or act any differently at 12:01 AM on January 1 than you did at 11:59 PM on December 31?
Is there really any purpose in time lines or boundaries? Yes! They serve as reminders to slow down or stop and consider our surroundings. They say “proceed with caution into the future.” They say, your next moment can be different from your last … you are not doomed to repeat your mistakes.
Many people like the feel of putting away the old. If you had a “bad” year in whatever way, it may feel good to realize you are not living in that year any more. If you had a “good year”, you may wish to savor the last drops of it through memory and look at how next year can be even better.
Kenny Rogers sang a song called “The Gambler.” In it is embedded solid advice for life … “know what to throw away and know what to keep” … and my addendum is “know the difference.” Don’t get confused and keep what you should throw away and throw away what you should keep.
If you review these devotionals, you will find some clues about how to pack your bags for the new year. What should we leave and what should we take? Here are a few suggestions:
Leave behind any unforgiveness. Right now, forgive all who wronged you. Ask the forgiveness of those who you have wronged. Take with you a Love for everyone.
Leave behind any lack of forgiveness of yourself. Often, even after we forgive others, we find we cannot forgive ourselves. If you have repented of sins, God has forgiven you and has forgotten those sins. Why should you hang on to what He has already released?
Leave anything you are tempted to call your failures. The challenges you lived through taught you something and made you stronger. Leave the pain. Take the lessons with you.
Leave anything that would cause you to fear the future. No matter how much knowledge of evil you have acquired in this life, know you are walking with the One Whose Total Good swallows up evil. Take with you a renewed desire to know even more about Jesus, the One Whose Birth we have celebrated … and to know more fully the Awesome Power Who lives within you. Jesus’ last Words on earth were not a “parting promise.” They were an “Imparting Promise!”
And be sure of this … I am with you always …
Be sure of this! He is with you now … and He will be with you on each step of the new paths you walk in the New Year. Thanks be to God for His Wonderful Gift!
Thanks be to God,
Who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ
and through us, spreads everywhere the Fragrance of the Knowledge of Him!
2nd Corinthians 2:14
Come join the triumphal procession into the NEW YEAR and give God Glory and Honor by letting Jesus shine through us! Happy New Year!!