“He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true”—Revelation 21:5 (NIV).
The New Year is here! After the stresses of 2020, I doubt anyone wants to cling to the past. With the turning of the calendar to January 2021, sighs of relief were probably expressed by many.
Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? While I used to, I don’t anymore. My list used to look something like this: lose weight, eat healthier, save more money, etc. Those are also some of the more common resolutions made each January 1. By the way, most people fail at keeping their New Year’s resolutions.
I quit making resolutions as I grew in my relationship with Jesus. Looking back, I cannot recall the last time I made a list of things to change in my life. However, I began to choose a focus word for the year. In the past, I’ve prayed and chosen words like trust, focus, and hope. My 2020 word was embrace—embrace more of God in my life. I write the word at the top of each page in my daily prayer journal. Each time I do, I’m reminded of my spiritual growth word for that year.
Committed to Spiritual Growth
In a recent morning devotional, the author wrote about Christ making all things new. She quoted a line from her favorite movie, Anne of Green Gables: “Tomorrow is fresh with no mistakes in it.” Don’t you love that line? And what a great reminder!
It means we can start each day with a clean slate. No eraser needed. But that’s what Jesus is all about—making us new. His mercies are new each morning.
However, to grow in our relationship with Jesus and stay rooted in Him, shouldn’t we be focused on our spiritual growth? To remain hopeful, to renew our strength, to have the energy to defeat evil, we must do our part.
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SOURCE: Assist News