Happy New Year!
As we chatted over breakfast, a friend smiled and said “I love a New Year. I kind of messed up a bit last year, it’s so great to start fresh again!”
How we all need to “start fresh again”.
Today, we have that chance.
As you are aware, New Year’s Resolutions have proven not to work, however, dreams and goals have a different longevity.
I looked up in the dictionary the meaning of the word “dream” and “goal”.
A simple definition would be: a dream is more long term and a goal is achieved little by little resulting in a desired end.
I believe we can accomplish small daily goals towards our ultimate longer-term dream.
Or simply put: “Live one day at a time and live it well”.
Of course that is easier said than done – however, I have found I can live pretty well for one day. If I pile on the regrets of yesterday and look ahead to my unknown tomorrow’s, one can get anxious, but generally – for one day, we are able to manage our lives regardless of our circumstances, with God’s grace and help.
During a new year, I always reflect on God’s goodness from the past year, ponder each miracle and answer to prayer and then look forward to God’s provisions and His surprises for the next.
Yes, like my friend, we may have messed up a bit last year but that was last year – the best is yet to come!
“… Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning, Great is Your faithfulness”. Lamentations 3: 22,23
“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you”. Deuteronomy 31:8
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. 1 John 1:9
“Dear Heavenly Father, I am so looking forward to this new year. Forgive me for past mistakes. I desire to do better this year. Go before me. Keep your hand behind me and around me. Cover me with your grace and mercy every day. Amen”.