Well, it is now January 1st, 2009, and Christmas is over. Not exactly for Christians, but as far as the world sees Christmas, the celebrations, dinners, and gift giving is over.
The decorations come down. The trees are drug out of the house or put back up into the attic.
I don't know about you, but once we take everything down, the house always looks kind of empty and bare. It can be such a downer.
But, with January also comes a fresh start. God grants us new beginnings each and every day of our lives. When the sun comes up, we have a new beginning. His grace provides forgiveness for our mistakes, and we get to start again.
Do-overs. That's what we get. Do-overs.
But with January comes GREAT BIG do-overs. A new year. A new start. A fresh beginning.
I am not one for New Year's resolutions, since I have enough guilt in my life.
But I am one for fresh starts.
So today, as you begin to take down your Christmas decorations, see it not as an ending of celebrating Jesus' birthday, but as a beginning of a new year with Jesus walking beside you.
He has big pans for you this year. He has a purpose for your life.
"The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; Your love, o Lord, endures forever." - Psalm 138:8
And all we need to do is to commit 2009 to God. To His plan for our lives.
That is what I am doing.
"Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed." - Proverbs 16:3
So, Happy New Year.
January 2009 is upon us, and it is just the beginning of a fresh start, a new beginning for your life.
What will God do in your life in 2009?
His plans are anything but empty and bare.
So go ahead and take down that Christmas tree. Tuck all your decorations away in the attic.
Let God decorate your life with His love, His grace, and His plans.
And that is the most beautiful decorations of all....
Happy New Year.