A fresh start with God.
How about we make this our prayer for the new year and every day thereafter... God, make a fresh start in me. Shape a new beginning from the chaos of my life. Don't throw me out with the trash or fail to breathe your holiness into me. Bring me back from the bleak exile of life and put a fresh wind in my sails. (Psalm 51:10-12)
We all have ups and downs in life. But personally I find that my ups are usually when I'm more focused on God and what he wants than myself. And those downs... well, it's usually when I'm more about me, me, me. Usually when I'm not going to God with my joys and not asking him genuine forgiveness for my failings.
Keeping our eyes on God and consistently turning from our failings and asking God to make us new us is the best "fresh start". A fresh start to life every time we ask for his hand of forgiveness. Every time we surrender to his order in the chaos of our lives.
How fitting a time to think of the New Year this way. We celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas, one week prior to the New Year. Jesus is the one we have to thank for the forgiveness and fresh start we can experience daily. And how truly happy a new year would be to live this way. Surrendering daily. Being refreshed moment by moment. God's wind in our sails.
I wish you a Happy New Year. And I wish you God's winds to your sails... a fresh start.
worship Him 24/7...