NOTE: On December 10 I had emergency surgery and was in the hospital for a week. I’m continuing my recovery at home, assisted by visiting nurses and my family. I’m making great progress, so you’ll find regular new postings from now on.
We look at New Year’s Day as a kind of blank slate—a restart to set right past mistakes. It is an opportunity to examine ourselves and choose to set goals. It is a mindset directed toward newness and hope. Frankly, any day is a clean slate, a time to examine ourselves and redirect how we relate to others and how we use the things that God has given us. New Year’s Day is different in that it is memorable. We can point to the calendar to remind us of our commitment.
Choose to reflect today on how you relate to those closest to you. If there is need to change anything, do it. Examine how you handle the resources God has given you. Check your lifestyle. Are there things in your life that are unhealthy? Choose to make this year one of overcoming them. Are there people you need to apologize to? Are there friendships you need to strengthen? This year could make a difference.
The clearer your answers to questions like those above, the more likely it is that you can really make a change. Finally, all the above is futile without the Lord’s help and guidance. Real change starts with your spirit.
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. Ephesians 1:18