I love the New Year. To me, it means new beginnings, new resolutions, and a clean slate. We get a redo at things we didn’t do so great at last year. We get to create a fresh new focus for our lives. We also get to rid ourselves of last year’s resolution mishaps.
You know the ones.
The ones we worked at really hard the first few months only to see them taper off as the year went on… Or the goals where you planned to serve more, get angry less, be more patient with your family, work more diligently, run around less, etc… I love being free from old junk and starting fresh.
I can tell you personally the first time in my life I felt free from “old junk.” Free from guilt and shame and free from trying to measure up to the world around me…
It was an ordinary day and I was standing in front of my townhome in south Florida when it really hit me, I am free! My slate, my past, has been made clean. All of the wrong that has been done to me, all of the wrong I have done, I’ve been freed from.
You see, as much as we desire to start afresh and create a clean slate for ourselves, we are not truly capable of accomplishing this. We, in our own attempts, cannot truly cleanse ourselves from our pasts, no matter how hard we try. The good news is, there is One who is capable of this. Capable of not only giving us a clean slate but also a new beginning as well.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
Maybe some of you have been to counseling for one thing or another and maybe it has helped. It certainly has for me at different stages of my life. But even with all the counseling we try, it does not erase our pasts, nor the wounds that were inflicted because of it. Nor would filling the hole I felt in my heart with anything and everything this world had to offer, believe me, I tried.
I want to tell you about a love that is far greater than any earthly love you will ever experience. A love that can cover a multitude of our past, present, and future sins.
A God who would sacrifice His Only Son so that we could live in eternity with Him. Who came to live among us so that we could relate to Him so that one day we could say,“He knows how I am feeling,” so that we could completely trust Him with our EVERYTHING! I can’t completely explain it other than to say, when I accepted Jesus into my life, my heart, everything changed.He slowly and lovingly healed and transformed all the broken pieces that needed mending. Click To Tweet
It started with the very depths of my heart and worked toward the rest of me that couldn’t deny that HIS love was real. Slowly and by God’s grace, He started cleaning the slates that had been filthy and I was truly able to have a new beginning.
Just like we look forward to what each new year may bring. Our Lord promises to give us a new beginning, a new future, and a hope when we call out to Him.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11
As you read this, I want you to know I have prayed for you and you are not here by accident. I prayed for your heart to be open to seeing HIS love, and what His love has done in my life and that He is capable of doing so much in yours. I would love to talk to you more about His love, please feel free to comment or contact me.
Thank you for visiting What Love Has Done, God Bless you and Happy New Year!