January is named after Janus. In Roman religion this idol has two faces so that he could look ahead toward the future and back at the past at the same time.
I only mention the Roman’s personification of January because the New Year is the time most people look back at the things we wish we could change.
No matter what, we all hope to do better the coming year. Some people make New Year’s resolutions; others just hope for the best.
As this year begins, think of it as a new start. Just like wiping a chalk board clean, take a mental sponge and wash away any bad thoughts that may be lingering because of the trials we faced in 2012.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”
Even though God does open his arms to each of us with understanding beyond our comprehension, doesn’t mean that we should be dismissive about striving to become a better person. A Christian’s goal should be to please God. Only by following His examples can we delight the Lord’s blessings and being more Christ-like is a sure way to achieve the goal of eternity in Heaven.
Make a New Year’s declaration that will really create a difference, one that goes far beyond losing weight or changing jobs. Stand up for life by formulating an affirmation to live for Christ and follow the teaching of Jesus.
Psalm 118:88 “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”
By succumbing to the Lord’s ways the path is laid out for us, there’s no need for pledges about the years to come. The Lord will guide and make a way for all who seek his guidance.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end”.