A new year, a fresh start?

By Photospook (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0
By Photospook (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0
Editorial by Shelly Stevenson

Winter is such a dark time of the year – and a time to reflect and make some changes.

Out with the old and in with the new!

I’m thinking in particular of New Year’s resolutions, to be more fit, to be a kinder, gentler person, to read the Bible more – the list goes on.

But if you’re like me, sometimes waiting for a particular day, the beginning of the week or month; or a particular time to start a change doesn’t work so well.

I’ve learned (you probably know this already) that rather than waiting for that Monday, or the beginning of the year, if there are changes to be made – resolutions to take hold of, it’s best to start now – this exact moment.

Even if it’s the middle of the day in the middle of the week in the middle of the month or year.

Sometimes you even have to not think about it too much.  I find I can talk myself out of it before I even begin.

An example – when I’m going to run (yes, I’ve started that – and boy am I surprised!)  I put on the kit first thing saying to myself, I’m just getting comfortable.  Then as I pass the front door, I throw myself out of it.

Once I get going, I enjoy the fresh (usually cold) air, the ducks on the canal, and the feeling of my new very bouncy running shoes.

Spiritually I also have to sneak up on myself.  I can’t let myself overthink things.  I have to just put my ‘kit’ on (think of the whole armour) and then just throw myself out there.  Even though I’m not yet perfected, he’s working on me.

One of my very favourite verses is Philippians 1:6: “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus

I am so grateful that God knows our intentions and understands our heart.  When we struggle he is there with us.  When we fall down, he forgives us and helps us back up again and again.


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