It’s January first and everyone knows that we now switch over from the Christmas shopping, decorating, and eating to the January cleaning, organizing, and exercising. Funny how we are all on the same page when it comes to such things. We must all be related after all. The storekeepers know this about us, so down come the decorations and out come the files, planning books, and exercise equipment. And the diet centers know this as well, and they are offering special deals to get us back on track after the big fudge binge.
I don’t think God minds this about us; after all, it seems to be a design feature. He gives us new mercies every single morning, an opportunity to start again, a fresh beginning every day as the sun comes up. He gives us new weeks, new months, and new years. And we find pleasure in that. Our kind Creator is willing to wash away our sins more than daily, knowing that we are the sort of creatures who just can’t stay out of messes. We need ongoing opportunities for the fresh start.
We can’t look to ourselves to be new people in a new year. Pity the world as they try like the dickens to find some strength deep within themselves to put things right. God has put the desire to be put right in our hearts so that we will look away from ourselves to our Savior. And Christianity is the religion for us because we all need a Savior.
So whether we start new diets or exercise programs, organize our closets , set new goals for our finances, or just try to be better people in general, we must not only look to Him for the grace to do it, but we must also offer it all to God as a means of glorifying Him, not ourselves. Otherwise, all our resolutions will last about five minutes.