What do you do when the new year doesn’t feel so new?

I love a new year. Like really love it. There’s just so much possibility.

I get excited at the prospect of a new start. There are new opportunities, reimagined realities and let’s be honest for a moment, who doesn’t love a good CLEAN OUT. Of our homes and our hearts.

This year started, however, and I was just not feeling it. It did not in any way feel new.

Same body
Same attitude
Same struggles
Same life really.

I wanted more. To feel like 2016 was in the past (like gone for good) and 2017 was here in all of it’s glory. But alas, no. There was no real expectation but rather a strange numbness about all that lay ahead.

On a side note.
Why is it that we convince ourselves that we can launch into a new year and all the past will fade away. Because certainly we can start fresh. But the problems of the year past are not going away unless we deal with them. We can not hide from ourselves.

And then it came to me. On a long winding drive from the Western Cape to Kzn.

I may not feel the NEW but the fact remains IT IS A NEW YEAR.

It is a fresh start. A new day. The beginning of an adventure. Its the dawn and if we take a moment to see with fresh perspective our visions and dreams can be revived. Perspective is a crazy thing.

And isn’t this true for so much of life. We feel according to what we see. And then we act on those feelings instead of being found in His unchanging truth.
We feel unloved but the truth is that we are loved.
We feel like we are not enough but the truth is we really are. Incredibly enough.
We feel unsure. We feel insecure. We feel afraid. We feel ugly.
But THE TRUTH says we can be SURE. We are secure. We have nothing to fear and we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

This year I have dreams and aspirations. I have goals and things I would love to achieve but more than ever I want to live my life according to solid truth and not by my flimsy feelings. Hanging onto truth requires faith. And when I talk about faith I’m not talking about faith that is determined by my own striving and hard work. But rather faith in Jesus who has already worked it all out. Who says all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen. (2 Cor 1:20)

So even though this year may not FEEL so new- I am choosing to believe the words of the One who doesn’t move and act according to my feelings but rather the all consistent and faithful One who says: “SEE, I am doing a NEW thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” The one who promises me that HE IS MAKING ALL THINGS NEW. (Is 43)

Why don’t you join me in declaring this over your 2017. Write it down and choose to believe it– for these words are most certainly TRUSTWORTHY and TRUE. (Rev 21:5)