With each new year, social media outlets are inundated with slogans, resolutions and promises. We vow to become healthier, we promise to be more productive, we make plans not to engage in whatever sin we feel plagues us the most, we claim we’ll leave that significant other for the 18,494,808 time. This is the effect that the new year has on us. We want to be better, we want to be changed, we want to be new.
While the idea of being new is exciting and the desire to grow is commendable, if we are honest with ourselves, we know that a 10 second countdown does not result in a miraculous change. The struggles that we have had all throughout the previous years will not disappear. When the ball drops, the confetti is swept up, the New Year’s prayer is over and January is through. We find ourselves back in the swing of things, headed to Valentine’s day and sometimes, the dedication to our resolution has waivered. We get to the end of what was once a new year and we begin to make the old promises to ourselves for a new year and the cycle continues.
New Year’s resolutions are based on the premise that we have the complete power to change who we are and what we do; the reality is that we do not. We can play an integral part in self-growth and development however, true transformation cannot come in the absence of Christ.
In 2 Corinthians 5:17 it states, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come into being.” This scripture tells us that once we fully accept Christ into our lives and come into his will, he renews us. He gives us the power to transform ourselves into the person that we desire to be while also allowing things that we could have never imagined to manifest in our lives.
This new year, I encourage you to spend more time with Christ and share your desires and aspirations with him. Allow God to play the most important role in the new you. And remember, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” -Philippians 4:13.
Happy New Year