“Ringing It In!”

New Year Bells

I don’t know about you, but the minute someone says I can’t do something, or I have to do something, I want to do the exact opposite. I simply don’t like being told what to do. Are you the same?

January 1st heralds in fresh, blank pages in our brand new day planners. Blank pages full of promise and opportunity or maybe disappointment and pain. Or change. In the last few days I’m sure people have resolved to meet all kinds of lofty goals in this clean slate of a year. Me? Absolutely not. New Year’s Resolutions are like a list of do’s and don’ts that I create…setting me up for certain failure. My resolution is to not make one. How do you ring it in?

My past calendars have been so full of change that I struggled with sameness even while I yearned for it. God has altered my heart in the last couple of decades though. I knew when I married Lee it was for the rest of my life because God is at our center. We’ve lived in our current home for almost fifteen years…a record for me. As I age, sameness seems quite alright. I guess I’m getting, ermagosh, set in my ways. Or better yet,  perhaps I’ve finally settled into God’s ways.

If I begin to think things aren’t changing, all I have to do is look in the mirror. Another line on my face, another shot of gray in my hair. Not to mention the evil full length mirror. My husband and I had a good laugh over spending this New Years Eve doing pre hip surgery exercises. (I’ll add it’s his hip, not mine.) I also look back on my prayer life. Just when I think God hasn’t heard me, I see where He has answered, and worked without my even realizing it. On New Year’s Eve I usually feel a little nostalgic, thinking, I miss the good ole days. My heart sister (you know who you are!) and I talk about them every December 31st it seems. Our discussion always ends with; we wouldn’t go back even if we could.

I’ve come to realize the sameness I’m in love with is Jesus Christ. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) Years ago, as a new Christian, I struggled with thinking the Bible was that proverbial list of do’s and don’ts. It’s not. Once Christ took up residence in my heart I longed to change and grow up in Him. In Christ’s sameness I desire to study God’s word and learn more about Him every day. I love the sameness of constant commune with Him. Without Him I can resolve nothing, alone I don’t have the strength. I am now what I should have been all along, yet still a work in progress. One day I’ll be made complete in my eternal home.

Read with me  Matthew 12:30-32 (The Message.) Here we find that rejecting Jesus is the unpardonable sin. The following commentary helps explain:

[1]“The unpardonable sin is the deliberate refusal to acknowledge God’s power in Christ. It indicates a deliberate and irreversible hardness of heart.”
“Only those who have turned their backs on God and rejected all faith have any need to worry. Jesus says these can’t be forgiven – not because their sin is worse than any other, but because they will never ask for forgiveness. Whoever rejects the prompting of the Holy Spirit removes himself or herself from the only force that can lead him or her to repentance and restoration to God.”

If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution that doesn’t set you up to fail…turn to Jesus. He tells us:

 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
(emp. mine)
Matthew 11:27-30 (NIV)

If you sincerely seek Him, He will give you all you need to stay resolute, He doesn’t make it difficult! Accept His saving sameness today.


[1] NIV Study Bible 1984


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