Thoughts from Hannah...
It is a new year. Last year is gone and we are given another chance. Many people say, "New year, New me." This is thought to be cliche, and not sincere or genuine.
What if we, as Christians, really used this saying. When we accept Christ, we really do become a new person. Our old self is completely dead, we are made new and clean because of the blood of Christ. But there is a catch to becoming a Christ-follower. Many people think that they will become a Christian and their lives will be perfect and dandy. They believe that this new life will be like frolicking carefree in a field of flowers with no worries.
This is the complete opposite of what really happens. When you accept Christ, you sign up for war.
These two ideas of Christianity are polar opposites.
Utopia, and War.
In the end though, signing up for God's army has eternal rewards. He helps us in the war. The God that we are fighting for has defeated death and darkness. What do we have to fear? He has already won, but we are still daily attacked by Satan.
This leads me back to the saying, "New year, New me." How can we as Christians use this saying, or a variation of it, in our daily lives. You see, even though God has won the war, and when we accept Him and sign up for His army, we still mess up. We do not become perfect when we become Christians. What if Christians woke up every day, spiritually defeated because of the mistakes of yesterday? We wouldn't be living our life to the fullest in Christ.
The beauty of being a Christian is that God forgives all of our sins. No matter how bad. He forgives the sins of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. I want to resolve to wake up every day, believing that I have been forgiven.
I can be a "New me" if I do not hang on to the sins of yesterday. I can live life to the fullest, serve Christ everywhere, and love like Christ does if I believe that Jesus forgives me, loves me, and is on my side. So my variation of this saying would be, "New day, New me."