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Stop Waiting for Your New Start

Ah, my favorite season is upon us. The time of year where eating 300 cookies in one day is deemed acceptable, and skipping the gym to binge watch cheesy Hallmark movies is never frowned upon.

Because, let's face it, we'll work those cookies off next year...which will grace us with its abrupt presence in just a couple of weeks...

After Santa makes his jolly way down our chimneys, we will sit back and begin to ponder on what our New Year's resolutions are going to be. AND, of course, the beginning of the year will mark a beginning of something brand new in our lives that will solve every problem that we are currently facing!! We just have to wait until the ball drops, and the glitter gold numbers "2020" appear on our television screen.

Then, we can work off the cookies.

We can start to read at least fifteen minutes a day.

We can show up early to work.

We can make our lunch instead of buying it.

We can act nicer to that one coworker who drives us absolutely nuts.

Then, and only then, can we begin to make some sort of positive change in our lives.

I've been seeing these resolutions begin to form in their baby stage. They are being mentioned on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - wrapped in a cocoon of excitement to birth.

In fact, we also see it most Monday's, when people post those motivational "it's a new week - go get em!" posts.

Now, don't get me wrong. I've been this type of person all my life.

I wait until there seems to be an appropriate time to begin a positive change, and then I get to work. But, what about all of the waiting time?

Life can get mundane. It can feel like the days are dragging on, and we are just waiting for a change to occur so we can begin to set new goals and make new plans. But, what if we lived every day like it was New Year's Day? What if we woke up with the mindset of starting fresh every morning, knowing that we could start over right where we were?

Lately, this has been the issue in my life. I've been hiding, unable to move forward in a trap of quicksand full of shame and guilt. I felt like I had to endure this period of punishment before I was worthy of being promoted to a new purpose.

And then, God revealed something pretty cool to me.

He reminded me of Lamentations 3:22-23.

"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his mercies never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."

His mercies are new every morning.

Every morning.

That means, I get to wake up to a fresh start each and every day. I get to make new plans, and set new goals for each day. I can walk in a new light, because His grace covers me.

I'm not perfect...believe me on that one.

I'm actually pretty darn far from it.

But, I don't have to sit in darkness and hide my head, and wait for the light to come so I can step into it.

I don't have to wait for the New Year to forgive, or to try to live in peace with myself, or to look in the mirror and smile instead of squirm.

I can make the choice to start over right now. And, you can too.

What is stirring inside of you to change?

Who do you want to see yourself become?

You may not be remotely close to being that person, but the best news is, you can be. All you have to do, is start. Accept that you are forgiven. Accept that you are made new. Accept that your sins are covered and that you are made whole - no matter what situation you're in.

His mercies NEVER fail.

You may feel broken, possibly completely shattered. But, you don't have to stay that way until Monday. You can become whole right where you are, right now.

You know, at the moment, I'm in kind of a "blah" stage in my life. I'm sure some of you are also familiar with this territory. I don't feel myself moving forward or moving towards any sort of life promotion - BUT, this is also the most excited I've felt in a really long time.

Each day is new for me.

Each day holds endless possibilities.

Each day, I am able to try again.

I try to smile more at customers, and bite my tongue in situations I'm not fond of. I try not to scream my head off at the poor old man in front of me, driving five miles below the speed limit in the left lane. I try not to say one negative thing towards myself for 24 hours. I try to wake up earlier and read a scripture before heading out the door. I try to extend mercy where I can. I try to make someone's day. I try to brighten up any room I walk into, regardless of how I feel.

And, guess what? I fail. I fail over and over again, but, it's okay.

I'm getting better. Day by day.

I'm not the most patient person in the world, but I'm getting better. I may not always have a smile on my face, but I'm learning to wear it more often than not - even if I don't feel like it. I'm not bubbling with self-confidence, but I'm not constantly beating myself up like I used to.

The small victories are worth it, and they are exciting to see.

Where will you begin?

When will you begin?

I couldn't think of a better time than right now.

Remember that you are forgiven.

You are loved. And you are worthy.

Nothing you do can earn that, it's the best gift of all.

Happy Holidays friends.

Start new today, and spread some holiday cheer.



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