- On January 8, 2024
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New Year, New Me, New Mercies
With the new year’s coming, many of us find ourselves ready for a fresh start. A new year can fill us with hope and anticipation of what possibilities lie ahead in 2024. We often see “New year, new me” pasted across Facebook and Instagram ads, with images of cure-all books, dieting plans, magic pills, and get-rich-quick schemes. This familiar phrase resonates with promises of change and personal growth. However, as believers, this sentiment takes on a profound meaning when viewed through the lens of 2 Corinthians 5:17, which declares, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
This powerful scripture reminds us that our identity is not defined by our past selves, mistakes, insecurities, or brokenness. Rather, our identity is found in Jesus who promises the gift of transformation in Him alone. As we turn calendar, let us embrace the truth that we are made new in Christ each day. We do not need to wait for a new year to partake in this promise. His mercies are new every morning, as we are taught in Lamentations 3, and in this may we find our hope!
This doesn’t mean that all of these things that happened in the past were for naught. As we step across the threshold into this new year, I pray that you would take a moment to reflect on the past year and see where God has brought you. A study was published in Harvard Business Review on the power of reflection. Bailey and Rehman conclude that those who make a habit of reflection have been found to be more empathetic, better communicators, have higher emotional intelligence, be more compassionate, better leaders, and even more resilient. Think about it… What experiences did you walk through in 2023? What lessons did you learn? Where did you find moments of profound gratitude? Sit in this a moment. Now, how will these revelations bring an opportunity for progress as you look forward?
May this be a year where we know that our hope lies in the imminent renewal and transformation offered by Jesus Christ alone. May the lessons you learned in 2023 lead you to a better 2024 as you await the Lord’s new mercies that are to come.