Another year is quickly fading into the sunset. Another New Year’s Day – that marker of the end of one year and the beginning of another year, will be here before we know it.
There’s really nothing unique about New Year’s Day, it’s just another day like every other day. But there’s something helpful about days that mark time. We use a lot of days as markers – birthdays, wedding days, armistice days, feast days, religious days, etc. They each represent something special. Something that we want to remember – or perhaps forget.
New Year’s Day has traditionally been used as a time to remember the past and anticipate the future. A time of thankfulness for some as they look back and a time of regret for others. It has also been a time of hope for all of us as we look forward to the future.
The end/begining of years has been a time to reflect on life. What did I accomplish? How did I grow as a person? In what ways did I make myself and the people around me better? It’s also been a time to look to the future (New Year’s Resolutions remember them?). How can I improve myself, my family, my job?
For the Follower of Jesus, New Year’s Day can serve a higher purpose. It’s a good time to check your spiritual development. After all, the Christian life is supposed to be a life of progress. We are to be growing in our faith (2 Peter 3:18). We are to be in the process of becoming more and more like Jesus (Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians 5:1). God’s plan for each of us is to be daily transformed into the image of the Savior (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Yesterday was the last Sunday of the year. I used the close of the service to challenge our people to stop at the end of this year and the beginning of a new year, and ask the question, How can I serve God better in the coming year? That’s part of growing.
It’s a good question to ask ourselves, and not just as we begin a new year. We should probably ask it often throughout every year.
But the new year is a good time to stop and reflect – and plan. To be spiritually introspective and proactive.
As I look back on 2019 and anticipate 2020, what can I do better for God? How can I serve Him in ways that I’ve never served Him before? How can I take my service for Him to the next level?
The only other option is called complacency.
Not a good thing. Do you want your doctor to be complacent (think of the AT&T commercial that is running on TV!)? How about your child’s teacher? Or your mechanic? Can you think of any area where complacency is a good thing? I can’t.
Why then do we settle for complacency in our spiritual lives?
Another Year is in the Books. But that can be a good thing. If it motivates us to attempt, and by God’s grace accomplish, greater things for The Kingdom.
Stay in the Word