Charles Lamb said “New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.” We’re just a few days away from changing the calendar, so we’ve all got a birthday coming up. We’ll all have a chance to reflect a little bit on the past 365 days and, hopefully, focus a lot on the next 365 days.
If we choose, we can wipe slate clean from the past and begin a new day. There’s nothing special about January 1, of course, but there is something special about the decision to break away from old habits and develop new ones. It can be done any day — January 1 is as good a day as any.
The important thing is to devote oneself to doing better and trying harder. It was said of Hezekiah:
“In everything he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly.
And so he prospered.” (2 Chronicles 31:21)
I’m not a big fan of setting New Year’s resolutions, but the two centered in this verse do make total sense for any day of the year.
“He sought his God”
“He worked wholeheartedly”
I don’t know about you, but I want to seek God more and to serve Him better in 2014. Let’s strive as a church to do the same both individually and corporately, all for His glory of course!