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    Changing our approach to the New Year


    Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved." Matthew 9:17


    For most people, New Year day is a time for reflection and for making resolutions. Most of us will reflect on our successes and failures and make plans for a more productive 2014. Some of us will make resolutions to lose weight, make more money, become more spiritual, start a business, get a promotion, get a degree, etc. Unfortunately, many of our resolutions will not materialize because of a lack of discipline and focus.


    Many people assume that a New Year necessarily means there is a greater possibility for them to succeed. They don’t take the time to assess the reasons they experienced failure in the last year; neither do they formulate a sound plan for success. They set lofty goals without a blueprint to reach those goals. They go into the New Year with old attitudes, old perspective, and old habits; yet expecting new results. Not surprisingly, “only 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions stick to them, and those who don’t usually abandon them after just one week.”#[1]

    Making resolutions and setting lofty goals for a New Year with the same old habits, attitudes and perspective is like putting new wine into old wineskins. The fact remains that for a resolution to be fully actualized it requires a mind that is not conditioned by dysfunctional thoughts, a heart that is not accustomed to disappointment and emotional let-downs, a spirit that recognizes its spiritual connection with the ultimate source of power (God), and a body that is trained to withstand pain.


    Many of us are wasting new ideas, talents and money on the same old template for success we’ve been pursuing for years. These individuals need a paradigm shift. They need to learn to be purposeful in their planning, proactive in the execution of their plans, and prayerful as they await their seed of hard work and preparation to bring about the fruit of success.


    There is nothing new about a New Year, if we are not rededicated physically, renewed mentally and regenerated spiritually. The New Year is an ideal, a concept- if you will- that can be meaningless without an existential tune up. The concept of New Year is meaningful only if, the newnest of the time meets us at a point when we are fully prepared (mind, body, spirit) to be transformed into a new being who truly believes that “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” Philippians 4:13 


    Happy will the New Year be for those who won’t settle for good enough, but strive for excellence. People who are willing to stop making excuses for their failures and are ready to take responsibility for their successes, will have a Happy New Year. Those who won’t allow themselves to be restricted by their environment or existential reality will live out the New Year with hopefulness and satisfaction.


    The New Year is pregnant with possibilities that are waiting to be birthed in the lives of those know how to seize the moment, and are not afraid to work hard persistently in order to achieve their goal. If God has allowed us to see another year it is because we have unfinished business to accomplish. It is within our grasp to achieve a healthier body, a happier marriage, a more robust financial portfolio, an improved and healthier spirituality, etc.


    God did not bring us into a New Year so we can experience old failures. He knows the plans He has for us. Plans to prosper us and give us a future with hope (Jeremiah 29:11). That future is here on the 1st day of 2014. Let us pray for discernment so we can know when to move, how to move, where to move and who to move with in order to live in the abundance of His love in 2014.

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