I had been considering what to write for my first post of 2021. It was a fresh start, and I had difficulty figuring out my ideas. Then I remembered the words I read on New Year’s Day and they resonated with me. I can’t tell if everyone will be able to connect with that message, but I’m confident it can influence the way we think about the beginning of every New Year.
We all look forward to the start of a new year, hoping for something great. We make promises to ourselves that we will do better and have a vision of a better future. Our heads are full of dreams that the coming year will be an improvement on the one that has just passed, and we strive to make changes to anything that made us unhappy during the last year.
I was stuck in a rut of waking up early, exercising, cooking, and crafting lengthy blog posts. However, something I read in a book completely altered my perspective.
What would happen if I posed a query to God asking what He desired me to modify, augment, or start this year? It struck me that I wanted to alter the worldly issues that made me feel downcast, that caused me to depreciate those who made me feel insignificant, and a sudden turn of events in my life. Yet never had I assumed of this question, ‘What would God have me modify’?
2 Corinthians 5: 17, says, Therefore, if anyone is in christ, the new creation has come; The old has gone, the new is here!
He may be delighted to witness the modifications that we have made.
Galatians 5, talks about walking in the spirit and avoiding things that prompt us to do things in our flesh. In this New Year, God would love us to demonstrate more of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. A tad bit challenging for me. But this is the year to get out of my comfort zone and to talk up this change.
The next change He would love is to love our enemy. A few sentences back, you would have read how I was cringing about people who hurt me. Mathew 5:44, says, ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you hmm! I cannot do it in my flesh, but I can surrender myself to the spirit and He knows the best.
Have we ever thought about living a life of contentment? That’s the third change He expects from us. Hebrews 13: 5. Says: Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have because God has said, “Never will I leave you; Never will I forsake you”.
The last thing he expects us to do is to spread the joy we received to others. Mark 16:15, says, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation
I hope that the power of the Holy Spirit will aid us in breaking free from our old habits and accepting positive changes.
I hope you all have a wonderful New Year 2021! May you have a year full of blessings!
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