It happens every 365 days, every 52 weeks, every 12 months, every year a new year dawns. The New Year reminds us that what is past cannot be relived; it points to a time full of new beginnings that started at 12:01 a.m. January 1, 2019. Our minds fill with plans, even well-intended resolutions as newness overrides all negative remembrances of the past year.
We are hopeful, we are determined as if our feet are set in blocks of an impending race. Everything about us is tuned to the moment. The shot is fired and we are out of those blocks, running toward our desired goal-to win! It is 12:02 a.m. January 1, 2019.
Determination is heightened; tenacity is at peak level. “No,” “Not,” “Never” has disappeared from our vocabulary.
How exciting the New Year is. Like a blank canvas or a clean slate, it waits for our hopes and dreams to fill it. There are no blemishes of mistakes to mar its freshness.
Our mind may try to recall other such moments at the brink of other New Years’ days that failed but our heart overrules because of one incredible understanding: God is the author of do-overs and if the New Year is anything, it is a do-over time.
That understanding is at the core of our Christian faith. We grasp that the gospel, the good news tells us that while we were yet in our sinful state, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
By faith, I give God my life-all the good, bad, beautiful and ugly of it, and He imparts new life-eternal life. By faith, because of the blood Jesus shed, I don’t get one do-over moment: I get a do-over life!
When I stumble- if I sin, I confess it to Him and “as far as the east is from the west” he removes it. (Psalm 103:12).
We cannot exhaust his compassions according to Lamentations 3:23 for they are new every morning-not because of our faithfulness and love but because of His.
So, although the New Year is a wonderful symbol of new hopes, new dreams, and the chance for a do-over, God ‘s do-overs do not happen on New Year’s Day alone, but every morning, 365 days a year, every 52 weeks, every 12 months for the rest of our lives.
Now, that’s a do-over I do not ever want to do without!
Sharon Patterson, retired educator, career military wife, and leader in women’s ministry, has written inspirational encouragement in various forms from greeting cards to short stories, poetry, and Bible studies for over thirty years. She has authored three books, and is a contributing author for several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She and her husband Garry live in Round Rock, Texas. They have three sons and five grandchildren.