Welcome to 2014. We still don’t have flying cars and we can’t read each other minds but that’s ok. I think for the most part we’re happy with where we are. Or are we?
Are we happy with the promises we make ourselves and fail to keep? Are we afraid to hope it gets better?
A big topic right now and probably until the end of the month is “New Year’s Resolutions”. — by the way it’s “happy new year!” not “happy new years!” - I don’t know about you but I can only take on one year at a time, and if I’m lucky it’ll only come one day at a time.
I will confess to you that I do not remember the last time I made a resolution for the new year. I didn’t see a point in promising myself I was going to do or not do something as long as I knew I am an imperfect person and am way more than likely to fail. Maybe it’s the cynic in me.
It’s like sin.
Sometimes as followers of Jesus we try so hard to stay away from the “bigger” sins that are harder for us to stay away from versus the ones that are “no big deal”. One man may struggle with sexual addiction and another is a chronic liar – both deep-rooted issues that take more than a yearly promise to break free of. They need grace. Mercy. A new day. A new try. Several times. Sometimes some people need it more times than others.
In addition to making these commitments there needs to be a call to action! We need to do something. Ask for help. Build walls against that which hinders you. Are you trying to quit being an alcoholic? Don’t go to bars. Politely decline invites. And if your buddies don’t care enough to help you, get some new ones who do.
Are you into porn? Don’t have your internet access in secret. Get a filter (a GOOD one) on your internet. Get one that’ll send a text to a trustworthy person who will keep you accountable when they see something suspicious. It’s not about looking bad when you do mess up it’s about pulling each other up and getting better.
What about the times we do mess up? If you are human you will mess up. You’re not alone. Everyone has mess-ups. There is grace from Jesus. There is healing and forgiveness. Receive it. And try again. We cannot resolve to be perfect. Perfection cannot be reached in this life. But we can certainly do our best.
Now obviously with such an amazing amount of grace being handed out to us – this doesn’t mean that we take advantage and run a muck just because we can.
“Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of His wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?” – Romans 6:1-2
I heard this song a few years ago. I don’t remember it ever getting super popular but it’s stuck with me forever. It’s called “New Year’s Day”. At least I think that’s what it’s called. I’ll have to YouTube it. Anyway – I LOVE this song and it’s message of “every day is New Year’s Day” it says:
“This will be my resolution: every day is new year’s day
This could start a revolution – every day is new year’s day…
One more chance to start all over
One more chance to change and grow and
One more chance to grab a hold of grace and never let it go…”
The cynic in me says “pie crust promise. easily made easily broken” (thank you Mary Poppins). God’s grace says “It’s forgiven. Let’s move on”. What a wonderful thing His grace is. So glad it’s so much bigger than my mistakes.
My friend Philip posted this as his status today on Facebook:
“Life makes you cynical. Christ makes you free to hope.”
Hope for a new chance. A new way to live.
Happy new year. Start your revolution.
Oh hey look. I found the song on YouTube: New Year’s Day *insert party streamers*
ok. Right after I hit the publish button I thought about the “call to action” I spoke about. So here’s a thought: What is your call to action? What do you want to change? Sin issue? Or maybe something else? Take better care of your body? More time with your husband or wife? More time with the kids? Less tv more being in the Word? Be a better friend? Better Organized? *raises hand* Chore schedule? *raises hand again* comment below! Check out The Honeymoonlife on Facebook and chat there. If you Instagram (follow @honeymoonlifer) or Twitter (follow @HoneymoonLifer) use the hashtag #thlnewyearsrevolution2014