"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Cor 5:17
As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new, we are often filled with both optimism and determination concerning our renewed opportunity to start afresh. We make resolutions to be better than we have been in order to become better than we are. Whether it is to lead a healthier life, improve relationships, be smarter about finances or even read the bible more, many of us use this time of year as a point of demarcation with hopes of having accomplished our goals this time next year.
Beloved it is a wonderful thing to resolve to be better. This demonstrates our awareness that we are but fragile creatures who are prone to make mistakes and live beneath our potential. It is this humility that makes it possible to improve. Without regard to the time of year, the best example of this is when we became Christians. We clearly knew that we were outside of where we wanted and needed to be. When we learned about Christ, each of us was introduced to a way for us to become better. Through God's grace we were given a chance to become new. This was not, however, a destination, but the beginning of the journey toward perfection (completion) in Christ. We are on a path to becoming what we were created to be.
Let us then be mindful of the opportunity we have been given to be made new. Let us also look not just to the first day of a new year but to every day we wake and draw breath as an opportunity to renew our efforts to please God and spend eternity with Him. Surely we will become better along the journey.