Are you wishing for a do over? Feeling kind of embarrassed about how things went down in 2016? Maybe you are little skeptical about having a fresh start? Here we are coming into the new year and it can be so frustrating to make a plan, feel determined to see it through, and then fall flat on your face two days into the new year. It makes us skeptical about changing our lifestyles for the better or maybe seeing an issue through.
Here is the awesome thing. With God you get a million chances. Not only that He has given us so many promises that if we just give over our “stuff” to Him, He will give us what we are really after! Healthier bodies, motivated minds, and patient hearts. We can quit fighting ourselves and just let Him take care of the rest. Isn’t it so easy to just not even try when you know what will happen? I know it all too well.
Over the last few months I have been constantly asking God to help me surrender. I always need control in life and it makes me anxious. Not only has He shown me that beating myself up won’t help, but that He is changing my life one step at a time, bringing me closer to surrender. For some it might all happen in one step, for others, like me, it happens over time.
God just wants us to give Him a chance to help us. So if you feel like a failure or like you just can’t get anything right for the new year, know this:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. – 1 Peter 1:3-5
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. – Romans 5:5
With Christ, you got this!