A New Year Starts Now

Irene Bischofberger
December 14, 2020

Every year around this time, I begin to hear people talk about their lists. The list of things they want to accomplish in the new year. The list of goals they have. The list of changes for themselves—at work, in their relationships, and with God. It ranges from workouts to praying more to learning how to cook to everything in between.

I’ve participated in resolutions in the past but have never loved the idea of them… waiting until a certain date (January 1st) to start implementing new things into my routine. I’ve done yoga daily for all of January. I’ve worked out 3-5x a week. I’ve read the Bible every day. I’ve accomplished some and been unsuccessful with completing others. Right now, if I wait until the new year, I am missing out on 22 days I could be changing. All because of a calendar and a concept that a group of people agreed to as a way to schedule their lives and the new year. God never waits so, why should I? Why have I been conditioned to wait for the beginning of the year to reset, refocus, or redefine myself?

This year, one of my friends, who is Christian, decided to celebrate New Year’s on Rosh Hashanah. She didn’t make a new year’s resolution but used this time to reflect and start a new season. Often with resolutions, we will stop doing them, mess up, or change direction but we always have the chance to restart. God has given us the opportunity to start over every single day, so why wait for tomorrow?

He does not wait for January 1st to meet his people where they are. Lamentations 3:22-23:

“The faithful love of the Lord Never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”

God is by our side. Always. We can lean on Him to guide us down a path of change. He walks alongside us in all facets of life. He is never passive but is always active and present.

If you need a restart or a new beginning, God is waiting for you. You don’t have to wait for Monday or January 1st. You don’t need to have a laundry list of self-improvement goals you’re trying to reach. You can start fresh in the moment now or whenever you are ready. It can be a small change, perspective shift, or openness that you have not experienced before. Regardless of how you use this new year, allow God to be a part of the foundation.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” - Philippians 4:13

He will support you regardless of the start date. He will support you through your highs and lows. He will support you indefinitely. As you look to the new year, realize that it can start at any moment. God is already working, are you ready to join Him?