Over the recent months, expectations for 2009 took a beating with all that was going on: gas prices, the economy and elections; but, we're rough and tough and hard to bluff. Who are we? We're the hopefuls; we know how to roll with the punches and how to make lemonade when life offers us a lemon. We're resilient; after all, we made it through some fiery times, and suffered a few hits where it really hurts. But we kept on going. Nothing served to stop us. So let's give ourselves a pat on the back and be off on our way, to a great New Year, determined to do what we can to make it great, right?
A desire to make a commitment to do just that led me to look at the "New" in our New Year. How we change our calendars, make resolutions, look at what's going on around us and hope for some things to change in the New Year. But what about us? The old me in the New Year will dictate a repeat of the one I've already lived. I, we, need to be open to "new," too. We can get started with a new perspective of the freedom we have each new day to come out of our old box, self-made or by influences. Certainly there's room for improvements.
At the end of each day, we can release the life we've already lived, let closures come. The day is passing away. Your tomorrows need a chance, so let the stuff of the day pass away, too. For some of us, that begins with turning things over to the Lord. Repent if we need to, get things in order, thank Him for His willingness to forgive us, and wipe our slate clean and go to sleep knowing He has a whole new day on its way to you.
Wake up committed to the "new;" ready to venture off into each day's adventure without the weights of yesterday. Think about this: each new day never existed before it comes. It's new, but we've been living like our past has to dictate our future, when there are countless opportunities open for us to choose how we want to continue writing the history of our lives. We've been held in the prisons of our past, our education and our financial situations. And there's age to deal with. We're too young to do this or that, and then we're too old to do other things. We know in our hearts there are things we've always wanted to do, or at least try, but we're concerned with what people would say, so we stay with what we've always done - drawing little from our doing.
Instead, we can rise up in our new day, free, with hope in our hearts and faith in God to direct us in all matters of life so that we can truly live each day to the fullest at any age, regardless of our circumstances. After all, they're subject to change, too.
Pastor Janna Hogan leads Jesus is the Key Church & Ministries, 1701 South Babcock St., Melbourne. Call (321) 724-8434, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.jitk.org.