Yes, another year has rolled into the annuals of history and a new one has arrived after much anticipation.
We always look forward to a new year because we see it as a new opportunity to make wrong, right. To make suffering, victory. To make resentment and bitterness, freedom and blissfulness.
Basically, a new year means change can happen. It’s the hope that things don’t have to stay the way they are but that things can get better. A new year means new opportunities, new movements, new moments.
But a mistake far too many of us make when we enter a new year is that we sometimes wait for the proverbial stars to align and for the universe to open herself up in ways never seen or expected.
We hope that external circumstances will change the course of our life before we change the internal characteristics of our attitudes and behaviors.
But this is not so.
In order to experience change in your circumstances, you must make changes in your character.
I’m reminded of Jesus’ ministry on earth where on every occasion when he wanted to change someone’s life dramatically and fundamentally, he always asked for them to change their way of thinking.
Before Jesus performed the miracle for the person in need (the circumstance), Jesus asked for that person to have faith that it would be done (the character).
It’s when we confidently step out in faith that our lives can be different: because Jesus can make the change and then we see Jesus move in our lives in ways unexpected.
So in this new year, whatever goals or resolutions you have: make the change in your attitude toward your situation and expect God to make the change in your situation.
Publisher’s Note: originally published January 1, 2018