by Aszia Pearson
Ah, a new year! A fresh slate! We can’t help but put a little hope in it, right? Fireworks in the sky, bubbles in the glass, butterflies in the belly… here we go!
We hope for something better with every something new. A new job, a new life stage, a new child… “new” always seems to stir up our expectations.
Inevitably we find our expectations are never quite met, and these little hopes are too easily dashed.
We fail to keep the resolution… by January 2 (Just me?). Or, perhaps we enjoy the process, reach the goal, and celebrate overwhelming victory come December 31—hurray! But still… it doesn’t completely fulfill us or answer our every longing.
Getting married! Having a baby! Surely these “news” will do! Exciting and joyful “news” to be sure, but maybe more difficult than anticipated? Or maybe the bliss is totally there! But still… there remains an unshakable soul ache, ever reminding us: this—even the best this life has to offer—isn’t it. Do we just cue, Ecclesiastes? Is it all “meaningless, meaningless”? How about we fast forward to the end of the story…
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
— Revelation 21:5
Our hope is not just something new. Our ultimate hope is in the One on the throne who is making all things new. One day we will behold Jesus face to face. We will be made perfect; our soul satisfaction will be complete.
So yes, let’s set and—Lord help us—keep some big and small resolutions! “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” in this next year (Hebrews 10:24). Pick your theme word! Recount all the ways the Lord has been good to you, and pray over the coming calendar days. And let’s do it all in the freedom this sure hope brings. We know His promise—this gargantuan and supreme promise—will not fail, and praise His name it is not contingent on if we make it perfectly through these next twelve months with [insert goal here].
Happy new year!