Do you smell that? The sweetness of a new year hitting our nose. Everything is new, there’s no record of wrong yet, you can be who you want to be, and the whole world is just waiting to be grabbed and shaken up.
Isn’t that why we love the new year? Isn’t that why we make resolutions? We hope that as a new year dawns, we too can become new and better than who we are. I recently watched the 30 for 30 on Bo Jackson and the former Auburn AD said that the reason people loved Bo is that he was a better version of ourselves. People thought, “he’s a better class of human,” and it gave them something to strive for. So is that where you find yourself? Sitting at the end of 2012 and questioning whether these past 12 months could have gone better? Looking at 2013 as a chance to change who you are and what you are doing? To that end I say – hang on!
2nd Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” Yeah, yeah, I know that if you’ve been in a church for let’s say…two months, you’ve heard this before, but have you really thought through it? The new has come! The change you want is already within you. The spirit has come and called you beyond who you are. The kingdom is within you, and with it, all the power of Christ. Do not be troubled, for the power within you has already overcome the world.
If you are not already living out this verse, begin now. Don’t look for resolutions to be made, you won’t keep them (I never do). Christ calls us to daily change, not on the start of each new year, only to forget and move on from that change within weeks. May you be blessed in 2013, but more so – be blessed today. Take part in the kingdom’s work today. Take mercy into the chaos of other’s lives. Take love to the unloved. Cloth the sick, feed the hungry, visit those in prison. Be Christ, see Christ.