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NEW Year...Not a New You

Happy New Year!! Thank God we have been given another chance to make a fresh start. Personally, I'm excited about it, because my hope is that this year doesn't look like something out of a Stephen King novel. I have never read any of his material so I don't know if I'm hitting the mark of my metaphor or not. What I do know is that these past couple of years have been very trying for me. Publicly, we have had Covid, wars, racial injustice, political upheaval, and now a recession. Then we have our personal battles to add insult to injury. My personal battle of the last year and a half has been very traumatic and earth-shattering.


The foundation of everything I thought I knew or had, literally crumbled from underneath me. So, as I have gone through this painful season of rebuilding and restoration, God has put me in a season of isolation. Isolating me from everything that was comfortable and normal to me, introducing a new way of living, letting new people in, to learn to trust not just others, but also myself and most importantly HIM! I have always struggled with knowing who I am as a person and accepting myself. I looked for my acceptance and love and respect in other people and people disappoint. What God has taught me is how to love, accept and respect myself. He restored my self-confidence and gave me the ability to see the joy in life. Even when the circumstances are not ideal, I still had joy and peace in my spirit.


Just recently, in my time of reflection and meditation, God settled a very simple word in my spirit, but a word that has a HUGE impact. Time! God settled in my spirit for me to be conscious of how I am spending my time. How I am spending it and who I am spending it with. We sometimes take time for granted. We think because we are young, we have all the time in the world, and because we are old, it is too late. God's word says in Joel 2:23, that he will restore the years that the locusts ate, but we also have to be good stewards of what he has given us and that includes our time.


We waste time on things that no longer serve us, like relationships, and stressful jobs, chasing money, harboring anger, and bitterness, and silently dealing with anxiety and depression. When we could be living the free and happy and abundant life that God promised us. But we think our way is better. We let our pride get in the way. We let fear of what other people may think stop us from experiencing new things. We become comfortable and complacent with our way of life because we lack the discipline to make the necessary changes.


I have been guilty of many of these things at one point until God graced me with a second chance and a new start and revealed to me how to be conscious of what I do with it. So as you go into this New Year, be mindful of how you are spending your time. This is the time of year when people try to create a new "them." Anyone that is in Christ has become a new creation (Corinthians 5:17) So, if you are in Christ, you are already a new you. Anything else that you are doing to further yourself is a bonus because that is the person God intended you to be all along...

Until Next Time....



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