The saying, “out with the old and in with the new” has taken on a whole new meaning for me this year. Hopefully they aren’t referring to the elderly when they say this. It does get me thinking though. Maybe the end of the year is the perfect time to get rid of all the junk we’ve been collecting over the past year – all the anger, fear, indignation, impatience, pessimism, discouragement, loneliness, etc.
Cleaning out all that serves no real purpose in our life, should be left behind and replaced with things like encouragement, peace, love, service, optimism, involvement, etc. It’s a great time to actually do something about the things that troubled us in the past.
The best place to start is to hear what God says about our future. Jesus told his disciples what to expect at the final judgment. He told them to be on guard at every turn and ready, because we don’t know when that time will come. Only His passion for us will redeem us, but He also tells us that what we do here on earth is as if we were doing it for Him.
Matt 25:40 – ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
Lord, as we approach a new year, show us how you would have us live through your Word. May each day bring a new beginning for us in our attitudes, our appreciation for all you’ve done, and for all your creation. With that in place, we should all have a very happy new year.