New Year's Resolutions

The new year’s walk, restoring

Through a bright cloud of tears, the years, restoring

With a new verse the ancient rhyme. Redeem

The time. Redeem

The unread vision in the higher dream.

T.S. Eliot

Happy New Year! Did you make your New Year's resolutions?

Most of us have expressed or heard this expression over the first few weeks of 2020. It’s pretty much the standard conversation at the beginning of each year when we get back to work, see friends and family, and even with strangers. It’s a new year and a new chance of a new start … again. 2019 is in the rear view mirror now and nothing but sunny 2020 days ahead of us.

Wait a minute. Wasn’t that what we said about 2019? Sunny days ahead for 2019 only 12 short months ago? What happened to our 2019 resolutions? Sigh.

Each year allows us to reflect broadly on the 365 days of the past year to see what we need to do better for the 366 days of the new year (2020 is a leap year) to continue as we have or make improvements. Each day (or year) is a brand new opportunity. It’s a clean sheet of paper to write our lives upon. God gives us each day a chance to start again - to repent and begin again and make this the first day of the rest of our lives.

We should always be evaluating our lives and making improvements and habit changes. The new year gives us a chance to do that.

“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him'” Lamentations 3:21-24

So what is a resolution anyway? There are a variety of meanings that depend on the use of the word in a sentence. For this article, we shall just stick with these.

Resolution (noun):

The act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method, procedure, etc.

a resolve; a decision or determination.

the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute; firmness of purpose.

And why is it always Happy New Year? Why not Happy New Day? Or Week? Or Month, Quarter, Season?

Most of us use the new year as a chance to relax and refresh. Reflecting on the past year and planning for the new year.

Take the time to reflect on all that God has done for you this past year. If you journal, review and see how good God has been in your life in 2019. See the plans he has made for you and listen to where you need to make changes. Make those resolutions.

Happy New Day! What are your resolutions?

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