Shout it out loud, sing with the crowd
Celebrate cause, good things are coming
New opportunities are at the door"
("New Year's Song" by Tim McMorris)
Did you know that New Year's is a Christian holiday? Really...ok, maybe not (although I suppose it could be because our whole calendar system is based on the birth of Christ...BC & AD). But perhaps New Year's Day should be an official Christian holiday. After all, Christ has promised that the best is yet to come. And He's the only one that can really give you a new beginning.
What was 2015 like for you? Was it full of awesomeness? Then let that give you strength as you enter 2016 and the new things ahead. Was 2015 a difficult year? When the clock struck midnight, did you say in your spirit, "good riddance 2015"? Well, perhaps the best news is for you. It's a new day! It's a new year! We don't live in the past, we live in the future. And God has some big plans for you. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 says,
However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived” --
the things God has prepared for those who love him--
these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
God loves you so much! Even if there are difficulties ahead for you this year, God is already there. You are not alone. You just need to unwrap that stray present leftover from Christmas, full of possibility and hope.
A happy new year indeed.