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Having just celebrated the birth (incarnation) of Jesus Christ and realizing that, even of those of us who claim to be Christians, only a minority focused on Him, I began to reflect today on the upcoming transition to 2017.

Here is an entire world, waiting upon what it deems to be the push of The Great Cosmic Reset Button, expecting that “things will be different next year,” or “I’m really going to…,” when there is absolutely no logical (or cosmic) reason for that expectation.

So many folks tonight, are looking for the New Year to bring a clean slate, a new beginning, a fresh start. They’re looking in the wrong place, or to be more precise, they’re not looking to the One who has already provided the one and only way to what they seek. They don’t want to hear it, but yielding their lives to God through Jesus Christ, whose birth we just celebrated, is their only path to that clean slate, that new beginning.

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We have had calendars, of a sort, at least since the one was made at Warren Field in Scotland. That was a lunar calendar, based solely upon the cycles of the moon. Solar calendars, and the requisite fiddling to align lunar with solar, came a bit later. Now, here we are, some 2,016 years since the birth of Christ (a significant enough event to use as a  time marker, even if scholars try to remove the thought of “Christ” from it), and most of the world’s people groups celebrate in some fashion the advent of another year.

With the coming of a “new” year, it seems there is something innate within us which is drawn to the notion of a new beginning, a fresh start, or at least that “things will be better than they were.” Why should hope have anything to do with the calendar? What are we hoping in? On what or who is our favorable expectation based?

If an individual’s hope rests in the thought that “I’ll do it right this time” or “Things will turn out better this time,” it is usually a false hope. Actually, it is, as Einstein said, insanity: “doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results.”

My hope is in God and the work He will continue in me. I’d like to think that everyone else is the problem, but if I examine circumstances using the Bible as a lens, I see that no matter what else is going on, I and my thoughts and actions are what need changing, even if the world around me is wrong too. Psalm 43:5 “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

Even if you can see where others have wronged you, or if circumstances have caused you pain or hurt, look into the mirror of God’s word first – apply it to yourself first – before trying to straighten out someone else. Matthew 7:5 “Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

My prayer for the New Year and beyond is that He will continue doing whatever is necessary to ready me for His return, and that He will continue to grant mercy to those who thus far in their lives have rejected Him, and that He will draw them to Himself just as He did me, and as He continues to do.

Happy New Year!

 

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