January 5, 2010

New Mercies, New Opportunities

We are always excited about the possibilities that a new year holds. We exit the former year thanking God for all He has done and also celebrate entering into the new year with the hope and faith that things will be new and different. There is, however, one truth that gently pushes our celebration of what is possible in the new year. It is this: unless you genuinely change the way you do things (which requires a genuine change in yourself—your attitudes, ideas, perspectives, and thoughts), then it is quite possible that nothing at all will change except the date.

The saying ‘new day, same story’ may seem awfully pessimistic, but in reality that is the truth for those of us who will not embrace the understanding that the best way for us to participate in the new day is to change the way we approach and address issues. I believe we break the heart of God when day in and day out we ignore the opportunities He gives us to change. While we celebrate morning by morning new mercies we see, one of those mercies is that we have the opportunity to change—that day! It does not matter how long we have been locked into a particular situation, with the brand new mercies come brand new opportunities to change— that day!

So, embrace every opportunity to start the new day AS A NEW DAY. Ask God what to do and how to do it—for that is when change really comes. We will be required to do some of the same things that we did last year, but the opportunity we have now will be to do it in a way that God’s Name is glorified, that God’s Will is declared, that God’s Love is shown, and that God’s intentions and purposes are manifest in the earth realm.

Do we really want to change? If so, it is possible. Only one way: through Jesus Christ, His Love, His Will, His Power and His Grace resting on our lives.

“When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” John 5:6