I don’t know what kind of a year you had in 2017. Maybe it was a great one; or
maybe there were more challenges than you cared for. Maybe you have regrets;
maybe you are happy with yourself. Maybe there were defeats; maybe it was
filled with victories.
Most likely, though, there was a mixture of all of the above.
If you experienced loss, my prayer is that the peace and comfort of the Spirit of
God would envelope and embrace you as you enter this new year.
If you experienced the pain of separation
from loved ones, either through death or
difficult circumstances, my prayer is that
you will allow God’s healing grace to
flow in and through you and your
If you sailed through the year with joy
and victory, my prayer is that you would
give the glory for this success to God and
God alone. He is the giver of every good
and perfect gift (James 1:17).
The wonderful thing about being a
Christian is that we are not defined by
what has happened to us. We are neither limited by our losses nor can we
rest on our laurels.
The Bible tells us that the life of the
Christian is completely new:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the
new creation has come: The old has
gone, the new is here!” (2 Cor. 5:17)
Even (especially) our attitudes are to be
new as believers in Jesus: “Do not
conform to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of
your mind.” (Rom. 12:2)
For those of you (including myself!)
who sometimes struggle with aging or
malfunctioning bodies, here is another
promise we can all embrace: “For we
know that if the earthly tent we live in
is destroyed, we have a building from
God, an eternal house in heaven, not
built by human hands.” (2 Cor 5:1)
So, no matter what you left behind in
2017, be confident that God can use it
for good in 2018. There is nothing too
hard for God! Aren’t you glad of that?!!
In all that we do and all that we are in
2018, let’s embrace God’s promise of
newness, empowered by the renewing
grace and love of God!