Archive for December, 2014

Hello New Year!

There is just something about that word NEW.  The thought of a perfect item (or at least perceived to be perfect).  When we buy something that is new, we expect it to be shiny, pristine, and work exactly right that first time we use it.  We love that “new car” smell.  Some of you actually just sit in your new car to smell it (think about how weird that really is) knowing that the day will come when that fragrance is gone.

If you look up the word new in the dictionary, you will get some of the follow definitions:

  • (adjective) of recent origin, production, purchase, etc.; having but lately come or been brought into being
  • (adverb) freshly; anew or afresh
  • (noun) something that is new; a new object, quality, condition, etc.


So here is the thing, things are only new once.  After the first use, they are no longer new, even though it is new to us and those who have yet to see it; it truly is no longer new.  It is why cars magically depreciate the moment you drive it off the car lot and what you just agreed to pay $20,000 for is now worth $17,000.  You new car became used that quick.

Today is December 30, 2014, day 364 of what was once a new year.  In two days we will go into the New Year (Lord willing) and begin anew.  Many people long for this day to get here so they can begin afresh and I understand that and it is a good time to do it.  After all it is the first day of a New Year and we only get one first day of the New Year.

So what will you do this next year?  What will be new to you?  What fresh start are you planning?  Let me encourage you to begin afresh with God.  Let Him be the newness you have each day.  Let Him bring about that restoration that you are hoping arrives in a few hours.

God is the only person that can take the old and make it new and He does this because of the sacrifice that His Son / our Savior did on the cross.  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  (2 Corinthians 5:17).  Every day is new with God (and I am very grateful for that) and that means I get that new car smell every day.  It never fades away with God.  If it does begin to fade, it is my fault and not His because He affords me the great opportunity to have freshness and newness each day.

So while we may only get one “official” new day on Thursday, with God you can have a Happy New Year every day.  God tells us to every day be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  (Romans 12:2).  Renew every day and you will have a great 2015.