At our home, there was a wall in the garage marked with smudged pencil lines, each one carefully dated. There, our children were measured on their birthdays to see how much they’ve grown during the year. Quite often I use to look at those lines and was reminded of days past and the truth that time does not stand still.
Suppose we stand at an imaginary wall and measure our own spiritual growth for the past year. Have we, as individuals or as family members, increased our faith? Do we trust God now more than ever for our daily sustenance?
I’m sure that all of us feel some shortcomings about our spiritual growth. However, one of the blessings of a new year is that we can start over.
The new year can be a new beginning for us all. Perhaps it is a troubled relationship with a friend that needs to be resolved – resolve it! Maybe it’s a marriage in need of some repair – go to work and repair it! Perhaps it’s some habit that has you bound – with God’s help, release it!
It has been said, “There’s no time like the present” to do what ought to be done. Even in times of brokenness, God can help you be what you ought to be. When the prophet Jeremiah went down to the potter’s house, he saw a broken vessel in pieces on the ground. The potter picked up each piece and made another vessel.
A great door is opened to each of us. May we spiritually see the opportunity, and may God help us be what He wants us to be in this new year.
May you have a blessed and prosperous new year!