Most Americans woke up today and pledged a commitment to a better tomorrow. You know the drill… healthier eating habits, more consistent exercise, better control of spending habits, intentional parenting, a new time management system, etc.
Even if you aren’t the resolution-making type, I bet you still woke up this morning with high hopes. Hopes that this year would be filled with blessing and promise.
Hopes that even just one thing that you do this year would reap harvest.
I woke up this morning with that hope. Hope that this journey is leading to healing and redemption. Hope that the tears will be less frequent and the clouds will not loom.
I woke up this morning full of ideas for how to jump into this new year as a better person. But sadly, I fear that these ideas will be inadvertently packed away with the Christmas ornaments until next year when I will once again pledge to a better tomorrow.
Maybe your life is like mine and you’ve spent far too many years on the hamster wheel…frantically running in the same circle, trying to find the answers to the same problems, only to come up empty.
It’s time to make a change. Not in what we eat, spend, or do (although those things might be good too). But I need a change in what I have packed away from the past.
The thing is… I can’t make changes for tomorrow until I’ve unpacked the suitcases that haunt my yesterday.
Because all of this baggage hides who I really am. It makes dark the seal of adoption that God has placed over my life and pronounces lies of doom and defeat.
If I am to be of any use in God’s plan, I must get rid of all that keeps my feet from moving. First up…insecurity. Closely followed by feelings of rejection, failure, and abandonment. One by one, the walls will fall and a new day will dawn.
How about you? Is there anything you need to unpack this year? Will you join me in facing the New Year with hope?
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