January 1st 2013
I turn to the first page of my new journal…
A clean sheet of paper
A blank canvas
So pristine, unblemished, and expectant.
I hesitate to write the first word.
Intimidation stares back at me in fear that making the first mark will ruin it’s purity.
It reminds me of the New Year.
Even with the best of intentions, it doesn’t take me long to take something completely flawless and stain it with mistakes and failures.
I’m thankful that the Creator of the Universe gives me more than just a New Year to start over. He surely knows that I need more than that!
With a New Year I’m given twelve new months to start over,
and with each month I have four new weeks to start fresh,
and with each week I have seven new days to make better choices,
and with each day I have twenty-four hours to wipe the slate clean,
and with each hour I have sixty minutes to start again.
A New Year
A New Month
A New Week
A New Day
A New Hour
A New Minute
This year leaves me with many, many new beginnings and choices to start over. This isn’t an excuse to rationalize sin. It is Christ’s mercy, grace, and forgiveness. I have a choice that comes year to year, month to month, hour to hour, minute to minute to live for myself and temporal gain or to pick up my cross daily and live for Christ and the eternal.
I leave 2012 in the past, with my mistakes and my regrets and start 2013 with these words…
“O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.”