Walking into a new year is so refreshing and quite exciting because I am thankful to have made it through 2017 and now I can finally look forward to a brand new year. Or, like many of us like to say, “A new year, NEW me!” Lol. This phrase used to be my motto and mindset, year after year, until I finally had a revelation that checked my heart.
I assure you that everyone, including myself, has heard, and even been the one to say: “New year, new me!” with all types of new year resolutions that don’t even make it past February. My hand is the first to be raised because, year after year, it became a natural routine to set goals, make declarations, decisions to let people and bad habits go, and have countless great plans and ideas. BUT, with the same mindset from the year before, I accomplished little to nothing for the most part. I believe that what keeps most of us from walking into something new and not following through with it, is not renewing our minds: DAILY
I remember having a conversation with a friend of mine about what it is that we are expecting exactly, and what we are doing in the remaining days of 2017. She said something to me that was so profound and mind-blowing. Although I’ve heard it before, it was the tone of confidence and faith with which she spoke that rendered and challenged my mind in that moment.
“God can do it, right now! We don’t have to wait for a new year to begin.”
And, yes, it’s true, God can do anything right NOW, as I am typing this post, according to His will for you and I. But, as the scripture said, in order to test and approve, your mind must be transformed.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).
A new year starts with a renewed mind. A change of perspective, a mind that’s made up to not lean on our own understanding, but on His; to be obedient and have a pure heart, to not be lazy and put in the work necessary. Overall, doing something that is completely different than the way you have always done things in life but never saw any results. I can speak for myself on this stanza, because when I reflect on all of the things I wrote down in my prayer journal, and all that God placed on my heart to do in 2017, a majority of it was put on hold, or I didn’t follow through for many reason, one of which in particular is remaining stuck in my own ways, habits, and poor thinking. Yes, everyone knows that life happens, unexpected situations occur, pain, disappointments, disagreements, setbacks, etc. but what will you do with the vision God has given you in the midst of what seemed to be out of order or out of your control?
I am excited for a brand new year with a renewed mind and I hope you are, too! Let’s make each day count!