This morning began like most other mornings, with two eggs topped with salsa and a steaming mug of coffee. But somehow, it felt different, more alive with possibility than other days. Somehow, the turning over of a new year brought with it this exuberance that comes from having a fresh start.
Gone were my broken resolutions and failures from 2014. Instead, I looked at the year to come with excitement—eager to tackle new plans and reach new goals. Didn’t exercise as much as I had hoped to in 2014? No worries! 2015 can be different. Failed to carve out as much intentional time with friends last year? That’s okay, too, because I’ve got 12 whole months ahead of me to do just that.
As I was drinking my coffee and mentally making grand plans for the coming year, I realized that this boost of joy and excitement that comes with a clean slate doesn’t have to be reserved for the first day of January. We have a clean slate every single day.
No matter what we say or do, and no matter how far we fall short of God’s standard, His mercies are new every morning. And with His sacrifice on the cross, He wiped our slates clean once and for all—making us justified, holy, and worthy in His sight.
Psalm 103 says, “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
That’s radically good news, friends. That’s life-changing truth. How would we live differently if we believed we were forgiven? Which negative cycles would we choose to leave behind us if we realized we’ve already been washed clean? What would our lives look like if we trusted that each day was brimming with opportunities to show others the love of Christ and bring glory to Him?
You see, all too often we buy into this idea that once we’ve fallen off the wagon in a certain area of our life, the wagon simply leaves us behind. Not to get too metaphorical on you, but I would argue that we’re not on the wagon, we are the wagon. And sure, maybe we’re broken down on the side of the road for a day or two or three, but we serve the Almighty God who also happens to be the best wagon fixer there is.
So, a new year—that’s a wonderful thing—but this freshness doesn’t have to be relegated to January 1. We can live with it each day, trusting God to faithfully give us His grace for every moment we’ll face. And that, friends, is something to get excited about. 🙂