A New Way to New Year

As corks pop and celebratory music begins, as the decade rolls into another one, would you take a moment to pause and reflect.

This is a new thing. A good thing. And we are not stuck waiting behind because we are always moving forward. Everything is always moving and breathing and changing and living in progress.

“To be in time means to change.” (C.S. Lewis)

And so we change—because we must—for it is the nature of existing in this space.

In the togetherness or the aloneness of this moment when the calendar flips its last numbers, step back and look at where you are.

For there has not been a moment of your pain or your uncertainty or what you felt was just useless misery that has been wasted.

For there is always a good thing standing behind and beside everything we have believed could never make itself into any amount of good. And yet, He has made everything beautiful in its time. Working everything for the good of those who love Him.

Breathe in the new and be okay with not having everything as together as you wanted to the moment time changed again.

Breathe in the imperfection of the wobbling attempts at forcing ourselves to change quickly and quietly.

Breathe in the failing goals and recognize that our definitions are not written by how much we do and how well we stick to self-improvement.

Breathe in the grace upon grace upon grace, and be fully steeped in Rest Himself.

For there is no exercise routine, sleep schedule, or hydration level, that will add to or take away from the Infinite Love of the Father.

“I am in Love Himself… I am in Love, and out of it I will not go.” (C.S. Lewis)

Would our hearts not become infatuated with achieving and changing and self-centeredness, but would we become so consumed with Love Himself that the transformations we begin on this first of the year be filled with all the elements of the Goodness of God in which we are always growing and learning.

Would we focus on ever-increasing our Love for others by our Love in Him.

Would our Rest overwhelm our desire to prove ourselves worthy by our work.

Would our Joy ever put away our comparison and feelings of inadequacy.

Would our Hope give us foresight and the tools to navigate the most difficult and confusing moments.

Would our Peace overwhelm all fear and worry in the name of Jesus.

Would our Kindness change every room we walk into and reveal to people that they are so noticed.

Would our Self-Control show the world what it means to live abundantly.

Would our Faithfulness give testimony to the Ever-Faithful One Himself.

Would our Gentleness reveal the Great Refuge and Comforter.

Would our lives draw so near to Jesus that there is no distinction between us and Him—that our walk with Him would be so fully intertwined with His Light that everyone who sees us would say, “There goes Love.”

And would we settle into the Promises of God—the ones that don’t work in our own timeframe but in a much greater manner beyond our ability to comprehend.

“For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.” (2 Corinthians 1:20)

Faithfulness permeates every part of God, and would that be the thing we rest in moving forward, not in our goals, our ideas of progress, or our dreams, but in His Faithfulness, His Goodness, and dreaming with Him.

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With Love,

Hannah

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