A Fresh Start

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“This new year had better be better than last year!” “Maybe this is the year the molestation will stop.” “Maybe this year I will have true friends.” “Maybe this year I won’t screw up my life AGAIN.” “Maybe this year I won’t be such a failure.” “Maybe this year no one I love will die.” “Maybe… just maybe this will be my year…”

These were just some of my new year’s thoughts as a young child and a young adult.

The new year was a FRESH start, a new hope—a new beginning to this life that I so frequently messed up or regretted.

I anxiously anticipated “ringing in” the new year! I celebrated at midnight with great relief that the past year was FINALLY OVER.

Today… I read on Facebook about all the great plans people have and their anticipation for the new year, but I don’t seem to care. I don’t care that it’s New Year’s Eve. I don’t care that it’s a new year.

I am asking: Why?

Since I truly fell in love with Jesus Christ, every day… every minute… every breathe is a new day, a new year, a new start, a new beginning in Him!

I don’t need a new calendar year to begin again. I’m not in bondage to man’s timing. I don’t need a party to start over.

ALL I need is the Truth that sets me free! Jesus!

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free!  John 8:32

So… when you feel crushed, when someone you love dies, when you fail, when you hurt someone, you can CHOOSE life. Embrace a new beginning every day! Choose a new start in the love of Jesus!

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