With each new year comes the promise of change and an opportunity for assessment. We vow that this year will be better than the last, that we will make smarter decisions, take more of an initiative, invest in relationships that are beneficial and rid ourselves of those that are not, that we will be slimmer, wiser, happier, better, kinder and even richer. We chant, “This is my year. This is my time.” We make plans to live differently and even to become a different person.
Like a new relationship, a new year offers a fresh beginning. We can say that this year will be better, that it will be unlike last year because we are experiencing a sort of infatuation with time. We are smitten by its possibilities and this new year can do no wrong. We deserve a better time and a new year offers just that. It is perfect despite the fact that nothing has occurred worth comparing. All we’ve experienced are the festivities, a honeymoon of sorts. We simply haven’t spent enough time with the New Year to say that it will be good. Instead, we are better served in looking back at the year now past not with disgust, regret or relief but rather with appreciation for an opportunity to reflect and to gain insight into who we have been, to gauge the distance that we have traveled not to count our missteps.
We don’t need a shiny ball to drop or a clock to strike twelve to begin again, to have what we desire and to become who God intended for us to be. We have the cross of Christ. This is for the believer the ultimate symbol of redemption and transformation. Christ’s declarations are ours and they are true. As believers, we have Christ’s New Life Resolution: “I came that you might have life and life more abundantly” (John 10.10). Unnecessary is a countdown as we live a life that is learned day by day. And our lives have been changed; we need only open our eyes to the reality that we are new creatures in Christ Jesus (II Corinthians 5.17). We are always becoming new, being shaped and reshaped because we are in the Potter’s hands. We are not on the clock but on His wheel.
Every day should be lived as a new day as God strips away parts of our old selves, our old ways of being. Our minds are being renewed and old thoughts are being led away captive (Romans 12.2; II Corinthians 10.3-5). As Christ’s disciples, His students, we are gaining the mind of Christ (I Corinthians 2.16). This is how the race-less life is lived. It is a spiritual demonstration wherein we arrest thoughts, no matter our relationship to them or to society that present themselves as higher than or above the law of God. We say out with the old stereotypes and in with the new perspective: “If anyone be in Christ Jesus, she and he is a new creation.” We should not see our lives or human beings the same after we have viewed the cross of Christ for it makes all things new in their time.