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New Year, New Beginnings

Updated: Jan 11, 2019

Glitter lines the hems of every girl’s clothing around you. The boys are dressed to the nines- some with top hats, some with pocket squares. That euphoric feeling that takes over your body, much like it did on the night of your senior prom, is overwhelming in this moment.

The countdown begins. Holding a loved one close, or simply wrapping your arms around friends and family, your lipstick lined lips join in. “5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Happy New Year!” Hugs, kisses, and smiles are all given out generously. And at that exact moment, it’s almost as if the world kind of just, stops.

You almost forget about anything that was bringing you down just hours before. Or the stress that was picking at your brain this entire last week. Or the anger you felt yesterday.

The world pauses, and you feel more alive than you have in a really long time.

Because this, this is your chance to become new.

A new year suggests a new beginning. A chance to reinvent yourself. To better your circumstances. We sit around and share our new year’s resolutions, vowing that we will actually stick to them this year.

This year it will be different, we say. This year, I’ll be different.

A new slate. A brand new start. It’s almost as if we can forget about all of the hurt, anger, and disappointment the previous year brought us. This year will be better. This year will bring new and joyous beginnings.

Although it is far fetched, and it’s impossible to have a full year void of disappointments, tragedies, hurt, and sin- it is possible to try and have a positive outlook.

However, this sense of becoming new, and of starting fresh, is something that doesn’t have to come only once a year. In fact, it can come every day if we want it to. Jesus is our ticket to that NYE feeling. He is the only one that can truly make us brand new.

We can set resolutions, and want to make ourselves better, but the truth is, we are incapable of doing it ourselves. We need to understand that we are human, and we are going to mess up. These resolutions that we are so bent on achieving will only end up disappointing us if we don’t realize that we are going to stumble, and we have to keep becoming new so that we can keep trying.

So, each morning of 2019, my resolution is to keep that NYE feeling. To start brand new each day, allowing myself to receive grace and mercy in order to better myself and wear Christ’s love on my sleeve.

There is going to be hurt. There is going to be disappointment. There is going to be hardship. But each day will be a new day. A new chance to walk in light. To receive forgiveness. To give love.

To walk in faith, knowing that another new day is just around the corner.

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

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