Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great Christmas and that your breaks have been just as enjoyable as mine has been. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who woke up this morning feeling a sense of relief that it was a new year and that I essentially had a clean slate- an opportunity to do things “right” this year.
I went to a party last night to celebrate the arrival of 2012 and as everyone began yelling and getting excited during the countdown, my friend Nate turned to me and said, “This may be one of the most overrated holidays of the year.” We both started laughing, but it’s actually kind of true. While it’s exciting to make new year’s resolutions and to revel in the arrival of yet another year, what makes the occasion this much of a celebration? These are some of the quotes I found about the new year:
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.” -T.S. Eliot
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” -Edith Lovejoy Pierce
“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” -Bill Vaughn
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” -Oprah Winfrey
Now I don’t think it’s a bad thing that we get that excited about a chance to “start over,” but the more I began to think about our perception of a new year, I think a lot of people are mistaken when they see January 1st as their only opportunity for a clean slate.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, that person is a new creation. The old has gone, the new is here!” -2 Corinthians 5:17
The new is here. When we accept Christ into our hearts, we are a new creation. We wake up every day with a clean slate because we are forgiven. Christ died the death we deserved so that we could be a new creation- so that we could have a clean slate. New Year’s Day doesn’t even hold a candle to that.
I most definitely don’t wake up every morning remembering that I follow a God who forgives me of my sins. Like I said, I was counting down to the new year just as loudly as everyone else, and I also felt a sense of relief at the thought of a new beginning and, in the words of Oprah, “another chance for us to get it right.” But we all know that often times, we make our new year’s resolutions in hopes that we will stick to them religiously, only to abandon them by the end of January. But in Christ, we will always find renewal in his undying love for us. He wants us to wake up every morning eager to live for Him, remembering that we can feel that same sense of relief every day because He died for us. Which means, when you think about it, every day is new year’s day! What a blessing.
So enjoy the new year. Make new year’s resolutions and aim for a better you in 2012. But also remember that even when you fail, even when this year ends up being less than what you had hoped for, you have Jesus Christ- and He will never leave you disappointed or unfulfilled.
I want to wake up remembering His promise and His love every single day- and what better day to begin than New Year’s Day? :)
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” -Lamentations 3:22-23
Enjoy your New Year’s Day!