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What Kind of New Year Will
You Have?

Have you ever had one of those years you are glad to see coming to an end because you really hope the new year will be better? The reason you are expressing such an attitude often comes as a result of one or more situations you have deemed as a serious tragedy in your life. The context of these events are as varied as the people who have experienced them. It really does not matter whether these situations relate to loss of life, health, finances, relationships etc.  The truth is, there was deep hurt and pain experienced. What is interesting, as I reflect back on the losses our family experienced in the last year, is how, if we are not careful, these events we identify as negative can swallow up and eliminate all that was good and positive about the past year. The very things we need to bring balance to our life and provide us with a healthy perspective are the things we choose to set aside and forget about. What if we were to choose today to express an attitude of gratitude for what the current day brings, not based upon the tragedies of the past, but the blessings of the past? Would that make a difference in how our today was viewed?

In thinking about a new year, you do realize, don’t you, if you chose to bring the attitudes and losses of the old year into the new, the new year will be much like the old year was? Scripture concurs on this. In Lamentations 3:19-20 we read, “I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. {20} I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.” On the other hand, if you choose not to allow the negative to overwhelm the positive because you choose to see each day as a new day with a fresh start then the words of Lamentations 3:21-23 will apply. “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: {22} Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. {23} They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Jesus said in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Do you believe this verse applies to you and to your life, or do you say you believe God’s Word, but waffle on it’s personal application? So, with the new year about to come, perhaps this would be a really good time to reconcile what you believe with what you say you believe. You do want the new year to be better than the old one, don’t you? If you want things to change in your life this year, you are going to have to change things in your life. If you do the same things with the same attitudes you will get the same results and nothing will change. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you to the steps you need to take for the proper change to take place. Work on improving your self image so you become the person God created you to be. Do not allow what appear to be negative things in your life to block your view of the good and positive things. Remember, Romans 8:28 declares, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Again, you do believe God’s Word has personal application to your life, don’t you?

What kind of year will 2011 be for you? Your attitude towards what happens and your trust and faith in God will have a lot of influence on your answer this time next year.

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