Recaffeinated Mondays: The God of Fresh Starts

4 Jan

Recaffeinated MondaysIt’s the first Monday of 2010. For most of us that means a return to the workplace. Some of us after a long weekend. Some after an extended Christmas vacation. I am fortunate enough to be in the second category.

The beginning of a new year always seems like a fresh start, even though the truth is that we’re the same people we were last week. And, depending on the amount of Christmas cookies or fudge left in the tins, we may indeed be more of the same.

But it’s a time to look back on 2009 and promise ourselves, and perhaps our families and even coworkers that 2010 will be better. Whether or not it will remains to be seen.

I’m not necessarily hoping for a better year in 2010. Life happens. Instead, I’m hoping that I’ll be better in 2010. And for that the new year gives a fresh start, a chance to begin again.

Unfortunately, I sometimes need to start over a bit more frequently than just once a year. That’s the amazing thing about God’s love, about His grace. Lamentations 3:23 tells us that His mercies are new every morning. Not just every year.

So I know that there will be those inevitable times in the coming year when I’ll need His mercies to be fresh and new. And I stand in great company of those who needed a fresh start.

Out of fear, Abraham passed of Sarah as his sister. David committed adultery with Bathsheba and sent her husband off to be killed in battle. Peter denied Christ three times.

No, other than being human and utterly dependent upon God’s grace and direction I don’t compare with the heroes of the faith. But the God who redeemed Abraham, David and Peter is the God who redeems me. The God who redeems you.

So this morning as the sun comes up over a cold and frosty Richmond, God’s mercies are new again. It’s another fresh start. But it’s not how many times we have to start over, it’s that we keep going. We keep moving forward.

There will be other fresh starts in the coming year. Every morning if need be.

Let’s get going.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
II Corinthians 5:17

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