The New Year means new goals. You can start your whole life over because you sign the date with one number difference. I think we all have an innate desire to feel new, for fresh starts and begin-agains.
But I feel a little different this year. I think we have all missed it. Jesus’ mercies are new every morning. Not just the morning of January 1st. His grace and his mercies are more than I could ever imagine but different than I think I understand. We bask in freedom to act like complete idiots. Freedom to live our lives the way we want; to take control, but Jesus’ freedom isn't like that. He wants us to bask in a freedom that isn't laden with any guilt or shame. Freedom to live for him; every morning fresh and new. Freedom to make new mistakes and begin again, again.
I want to begin this year living as if every day is new. I want to bask in every moment like it is my first moment.
The first time I went to Honduras I stepped off that plane in awe. My first time in a new country. I couldn't to get enough of every sight, sound and smell. To take that in was beautiful, and nothing mattered but that moment.
I will never forget those surprisingly peaceful moments driving through the city when all I could hear were horns honking and people yelling. I have seen few things so beautiful.
That is how I want to live my life. Because of Jesus every moment is new. Every drive down the street, every dinner with a friend, every walk to class …they are all new opportunities to love, to learn, and to share. I want to soak in life. I want to see Jesus in the leaves falling from the trees or in the smile of a stranger.
I want to learn and love with everything in me. Life is here. Its happening and it is new and exciting. Its not new because its January 1st; its new because Jesus lavishes his incredible grace on me every second. Because he is making all things new, even the mundane, I am free to experience him and bask in every beautiful moment.