Happy New You!

by: Jonathan Burchard

One of our children used to express new year wishes with an exclamation, “Happy New You!”.  It was funny and everyone thought the child was cute for saying it, but I believe there was great wisdom in the expression.

I think most of us know what types of changes would be healthy and helpful for us, yet change is difficult.  The biggest barrier to change seems to be fear related to possible rejection, the unknown, and even success.  Think of the opportunities you didn’t step into because of a negative self-concept.  We are prone to move toward the familiar, and sometimes that means making choices based on what others have said about us rather than what we could possibly become.

This year, I hope you take the chance to experience newness.  When you find yourself crippled by self-doubt, self-destructive patterns of living, or hopelessness, fight for something better.  Better yet, look to the one who fought and won a new possibility for you.  In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul writes, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

You can begin a new life today that is based in hope: “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Happy New You!

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