A new calendar year began just days ago. Hello, 2018. Welcome! But will it be new or the same old song and dance?
Birthed in the music industry, “Same Old Song and Dance” is an actual song. And the phrase became known to portray how music lovers want to hear fresh songs. Yes, we may love our oldies, but everyone needs new.
My grandson, Foster, loves to sing and dance. Mind you, his singing only includes words here and there, and mostly consists of sounds mimicking the tune.
When the year begins, I have friends who pick one word to focus on for the entire year. Also, I know others who choose a Bible verse as a focal Scripture from January to December. I do neither.
However, on Monday this week, I repeatedly used the phrase, “Happy New Year!” Then the Lord spoke to me about that second word. So I’m choosing to let the go of the old along with 2017, and usher in its opposite.
We may set wonderful goals and resolutions. And those are fine. But, we often try to control the real success or benchmarks of our intentions.
Still further, we strive to manipulate the outcome of our circumstances and perhaps the people in our lives. Even our Christian walk and full obedience to God may become things to control.
You see, in the midst of not meeting our goals or not keeping our resolutions, we revert to old habits.
It’s seen in our overall behavior and how we deal with life. Broken relationships, a rough patch in marriage, or intended healthy lifestyle choices default back to our former ways.
The same song is stuck on repeat. Or, like a scratch on the CD, the old habits play over and over.
And it happens on our spiritual journey. Old rears its ugly head in the form of bitterness, anger, pride, fear, unforgiveness, or lack of kindness. All the things we promised to give up and work on.
More and More New
Still, not only am I made new at my rebirth (2 Corinthians 5:17). But I decide whether or not to let the old continue to go away and the new to spring forth.
The bottom line? There’s always more and more of it. And it’s ours for the taking.
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. (Isaiah 43:19, NLT)
Oh, how God specializes in beginnings.Just as #2018 has begun, #God has also begun to make pathways in our wilderness & rivers in our wasteland. Click To Tweet
Do we see it? Are we even looking? Will we open our hearts to our heavenly Father’s “something new?”#God desires to show us the fresh things He’s doing—better than anything we muster up on our own or #resolve to do. Click To Tweet
Old and New Years
I’m thankful for all God’s new somethings and blessings in my life last year and with this blog. So I thought it would be fun to share my blog statistics for 2017.
- 10,075 views
- 5,421 visitors from 64 countries
- 608 comments
All these make me say, “Whoa! Thank you, Jesus!”
The 3 most popular blog posts for 2017:
There’s so many things to be grateful for from the previous year.
But don’t miss this. I plan to daily ask God to help me stay fired up about the work He’s already begun in my year and in me.
And I pray the Lord helps me see the pathways for my blog, family, writing, speaking, ministry, and for my journey with Jesus.
All things to make me say, “Whoa! Thank you, Jesus!”
So, happy beginning of 2018! And remember, God is about to do something brand spanking new!
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January 4, 2018 at 9:00 am | Uncategorized