Published on Saturday, January 1, 2022
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:17-19)
Toward the end of each calendar year, we spend time reflecting, maybe breathing a sigh of relief that one year is ending and a new one is before us. Year after year, it is almost automatic how we do this. Maybe we briefly look back and learn from the things that did not go so well. Maybe we take a moment and utter an attitude of gratitude for some blessings, and then it is off to the races as some might say. With a new calendar (or several) in hand, a few resolutions, and maybe a new devotional (we must start the year with good intentions spiritually, too), we are off. We say this year will be different, and then the years come and go… And the years come and go…next year, next year will be different. Real and everlasting change comes not at the stroke of midnight on the last day of the calendar year but when we intentionally choose to yield and surrender to God through Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Then, then we can exclaim, “Happy New Life,” and truly begin to live!
Author: Mark Knapp, Beck's Chaplain
Categories: CropTalk, 2022