Celebrating the New Year
Just as I often make a post for Christmas, I do the same for New Year’s Day. These posts usually address making New Year’s resolutions. But instead of resolutions, why not work to make this year your best year yet. With God’s help, you can.
Here are some of my past posts about New Year’s Day. Note the recurring theme on making resolutions—a practice I don’t follow and don’t encourage.
Check out these posts to see why:
- Happy New Year!
- Making Resolutions for the New Year
- Welcome to a New Year!
- Is New Years a Spiritual Experience?
Let’s not resolve to make this coming year better. Though we could strive on our own power to make it happen, we can’t ensure the outcome. The future is outside our control.
Yes, we can take steps to best position ourselves to make the most of whatever happens, but that doesn’t guarantee success.
What should we do then, give up and accept fate? Of course not.
We should do what we can now to establish the best possible foundation for our future—and trust God with the rest.
We can ask him to bless us—not because we deserve it or have earned it, but because he loves us. We can pray that he will guide us into making good decisions. We can seek him for strength to replace unhealthy habits with good practices.
When we do that, we’re poised to make this our best year yet. That’s what I’m going to do. It’s my approach every year.
As we move into the days, weeks, and months ahead, may God bless us, guide us, and keep us safe. May it be our best year ever.
From me to you, I’ll end with this blessing: May you have a happy new year, and may this year be your best year yet.
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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices.