Pastor Scott Hannon
St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY
It is nearly mid-January and I still haven’t got back to the gym. I haven’t organized my house the way I promised myself I would. I haven’t started eating better, sleeping more, watching less TV, or spending more time with family. It seems as though this is just another year in my life with New Year’s resolutions left unaccomplished.
Oh well, there’s always next year.
There is something about the new year that invites change and fresh starts. All across the country, when the calendar turns folks of all ages make promises and embark upon new patterns of living. Unfortunately, for many, resolutions are left unaccomplished or incomplete. The best of intentions are abandoned and set aside for “next year.”
But what if this year, you pretended every day began a new year? I mean, in truth there’s really not much of a difference between January 1st and January 11th. There really isn’t anything particularly special about New Year’s Day. Today presents just as much of an opportunity to take something on as any other day of the year.
See, with God each day is a new day with new opportunity. Each moment comes with the invitation to start fresh and begin again. In the Christian tradition we don’t believe that there is a set time or place or day when God forgives. Rather, we believe that God is always at work showering us with amazing grace, unmerited mercy, and unconditional love. So, why not use this day as your new New Year’s day?
Let today be the day you practice love.
Let today be the day you try to forgive.
Let today be the day you live healthier.
Let today be the day you listen more.
Let today be the day you try something new.
Let today be the day you pray.
Let today be the day you reach out.
Let today be the day you start fresh.
And should you fall off the wagon, let that 0next day be the day you begin again.
God makes all things new (Revelation 21:5). This newness doesn’t happen once a year, once a quarter, or even once a week. On the contrary, God is active right now. May we see everyday – and especially this day – as pure gift and use it in ways fitting of the blessing it is.
Happy New Year.
In the Way,
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