By: Janna Adams
Does anyone else feel like 2016 has been happening for five years instead of just one?
The weight of this year has taken a toll on me, and I’ve seen the toll it’s taken on those around me. The election season alone was enough to make me want to hibernate until I wake up in the next year. But 2017 is almost here, and that means a new start in more ways than one. So how can we make the best of this opportunity to start fresh?
Take Advantage of the Opportunity
Everyone’s seen the typical “new year, new me” posts on social media and rolled their eyes. So we have to buy a new calendar, why is that an excuse to suddenly change our lives? The beginning of a new year doesn’t actually change anything about us—but it gives us the opportunity to make a change on our own. There’s something very relieving about being given a turning point. We don’t have to create a new personality, but we can take a moment and evaluate how we can better ourselves in the new year.
Start a Routine
The beginning of the new year is a great time to introduce a beneficial trend into your schedule. Whether it’s packing a healthy lunch two days a week, creating a budget for your family, or committing to reading your Bible in the mornings, starting a routine is a small change that can have a big impact if you stick with it. And starting something new at the start of a new year is a simple way to stay motivated.
Commit to a Better Year
There’s no doubt that a new year can be exciting, but it can also be daunting. Coming out of a period of time where so many people have felt angry, stressed, or discouraged, the hope of a new year can be crushed by the stigma of the previous one. But going into a new year with positivity and peace in knowing that God is in control can alter our whole outlook. When we have the truth and assurance of Jesus on our side, there’s nothing the new year can throw at us that can break us. And when we commit to knowing that, we’re committing to a better year.
None of us know what 2017 will bring in our lives or the lives of others. But we do know that God has plans in the works—on big scales and small—for all of us. So let’s enter the new year with the confidence that he is in control…and celebrate a new year together!