This is the day the Lord has made, We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
As the year comes to a close we can reflect on the year that has passed. Most of us would admit we just want this year to be over with! As we begin a new year we can try to project what the future holds and get anxious about things that may or may not happen.
As we look to have a fresh start in a new year here are some thoughts that may help along the way:
We cannot change the past. If you look back and there are things you would’ve, could’ve, or should’ve done differently, learn from them, fix what you can, and look to doing things differently this year.
As we look forward, keep any goals that you set for yourself attainable. Know that your plans are subject to change. (God tends to laugh at my plans anyway.) While hard and difficult things will come your way, know that God has gone before you, just like always.
The best fresh start we can have just may be when our eyes open each day. Know that God’s grace is sufficient for the day. Perhaps you and I need a fresh start in remaining present and only looking to the matters that this day holds. No looking back, no looking forward, just being present.
Should we fail at remaining present remember, there is a fresh start available anytime we choose.
Written by Kathy Withers: Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves in Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 35 years. They have two adult children. Kathy encourages women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.