Happy New Year!
2012 flew by, and here we are in a new year! What joy there is in having a fresh start!
As I contemplated my goals and resolutions for this new year, I realized something important: once a year is not enough for me. One brand-new, clean-slate day per year is just not enough.
- I'm not organized enough to proclaim the ways I'll be more organized this year.
- I'm not goal-oriented enough to make a long list of goals for this year.
- I'm not resolute enough to number the resolutions I need to make for this year.
I contemplate the new year, and I can easily feel overwhelmed and under-qualified. The fact is, I need a brand-new, clean-slate day every day.
And then I am reminded:
This I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;His mercies never come to an end;They are new every morning.Great is Your faithfulness."The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in Him."Lamentations 3:22-24
So many times I have put my hopes in my well-laid plans, in my desire to succeed, in my heartfelt determination to improve myself. And so many times I have had my hopes dashed as I failed to live up to my own expectations.
But oh! God is the One of whom the prophet could say "Great is Your faithfulness." His steadfast love never ceases; His mercies never end.
And His mercies are new every morning. Not just on New Year's Day, but on every day.