Monday, 16 December 2013

THE GLORY OF A NEW YEAR

Make Changes That are Necessary


As humans, getting familiar with things, people and experiences is an easy action to take. Time and again, we strongly crave and wish for new experiences, things and people. We get tired of the old stuffs and people and we lust for change.
 God obviously knows that about us and our intricacies, so he decided to give us a fresh start almost every 24-hours. For this same reason he presents us new opportunities, mercies, grace and chances every morning.
 In fact, God says in Isaiah 42:9, “Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.” Again in Isaiah 43:18-19, He says to us, “REMEMBER ye NOT THE FORMER THINGS, NEITHER CONSIDER the THINGS OF OLD. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
It is this sought of goodness (that God shows us) that makes our world beautiful instead of making it a lonely place. This kind of goodness God shows us gives us hope, hope for a new beginning, day or even year. This sought of love in any of its forms gives us a reason to live, to hope for fresh starts.
I am not a staunch believer of New Year’s resolutions. So far as I am concerned the New Year’s resolutions concept lead many astray. It makes many postpone or procrastinate change. Instead of fixing something that is broken immediately, people intentionally wait for New Year’s Day to do so.
In my view, the Holy Spirit is the only real agent of meaningful transformation in the life of the Christian. Without him, all efforts are applied energy wasted. Therefore, if He is not involved in any form of transformation of the Christian then it is better to forget the change and its attendant process all together.
Though New Year’s Day has come to stay and has some glory and spirit with it, we must not wait for it to effect the necessary changes in our lives. We ought to recognize the things we cannot control or change, yet we don’t have to forget the things we can control or change. Stuffs like forgiveness, another chance and fresh starts are things we can contribute to. Every day is actually a New Year’s Day and it has its own glory that when missed, most of the time can never be recovered.
The onus therefore lies on us to approach each day with a sense of urgency, seeking daily the Holy Spirit, Who is able to effect genuine transformation in our lives. Our cooperation with the Change-maker actually determines our real altitude.
Make it your habit everyday or on this New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day to stop and reflect on the days gone by, to remember the triumphs and mishaps. Reflect to take stock of your promises made true and broken. Everyday and on this New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day open yourself to great adventure, not forgetting the days you closed yourself for the fear of being hurt.
A new day (New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day) is all about getting another chance; a chance to love more, to do more; a chance to do better, to hope more, to forgive, to be more kind, to give more, a chance to face our fears and to stop worrying about what if and start embracing what will be, all day or year long. Don’t wait for the end of year to start that necessary change, it has to be today. What will you do today if you knew you’ll not fail? Don’t stop, just go do it! Happy New Day; more importantly, Happy New Year!

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