New School Year, New Me
“For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.” Romans 7:18 ESV
I don’t know about you but Back to School Season evokes a fresh sense of renewal. Even before I became a mother, I felt possibility and a clean slate in the anticipation of a fresh box of pencils or an unmarked notepad. It’s the start of something new! I still find myself resolving to be more organized, exercise more, and devote more effort to my relationship with Christ. You know- to do something more or something less. It’s the same routine we can fall into because we desire to change for something better.
Anyone of us can begin again right where we are. We do not need new calendar year or a new season to make things better in this life. As a believer in Christ, it’s not about a massive overhaul only to fall short. We can challenge ourselves to ask the Lord to help us every day, to discipline us, and to equip us. In this way, we ask Him to change our focus to things of eternal perspective. To wait in joyful anticipation for His return.
On what basis am I going to live in this new year? Will it be do it yourself? It all depends on me? Or will I accept what God offers me every day, fresh from Him? When I realize the depths of my sin and my need for Him the answer is clear as a bell. I will ask for deeper love for my enemies and my neighbors, less comparison, humble hospitality, and fearless sharing about Christ’s love. He can and will be there for us weary parents. We can believe that because He says so. So as we begin this and all New Years let’s focus on fresh beginnings each day. New commitment to asking for help and seeing the joy in desiring better.
Lord, thank you for this new year that lies before me. I choose to depend on you, and accept from your hand all that you would give me. In your sons name, Amen
Roberta Smith, Faith and Family Coordinator