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Jackie & Elias DaHora

Jan 9, 2024 3:00 PM

Welcoming the New Year: Embracing Hope and Willingness Over Stubbornness and Stagnation

The arrival of a new year is often met with a mix of emotions and attitudes. While some view it as a fresh start filled with potential, others might approach it with reluctance or a stubborn mindset, resistant to change or new possibilities. However, as Christians, the turn of the year is an opportune time to embrace a spirit of hope and willingness, aligning ourselves with God’s plans rather than clinging to our own. Biblical Perspectives on Embracing Change Openness to God’s Plan Proverbs 19:21 teaches, "Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails." This verse encourages us to hold our plans loosely and be open to God's leading, even when it diverges from our expectations. The Call for Renewal Romans 12:2 urges us not to conform to the pattern of this world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. The new year can be a time of spiritual renewal, a period to seek God’s will and gain a fresh perspective. Stubbornness, especially against God’s will, can hinder personal and spiritual growth. Isaiah 43:19 says, "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?" This verse challenges us to be alert and receptive to the new things God is doing in our lives. A stubborn heart can lead us to miss out on the blessings God has in store for us. Embracing willingness and hope allows us to be in a position to receive and recognize God’s work in our lives. Begin the year with prayer, seeking God’s guidance and wisdom. Ask Him to cultivate in you a willing heart and a spirit of hope. When setting goals for the new year, consider how they align with your faith and God’s word. Strive for objectives that not only benefit you but also reflect Christ’s love and purpose. Be open to new opportunities, even those that seem challenging or outside your comfort zone. Trust that God equips you for what He calls you to. Cultivate a habit of gratitude. Regularly acknowledging God’s blessings can shift your focus from what you lack to the abundance you have in Christ. Regular engagement with the Bible keeps your heart and mind aligned with God’s truths, helping to combat stubbornness and negative thinking. As we step into the new year, let us do so with hearts full of hope and willingness. By embracing what God has in store and shedding any stubbornness that holds us back, we open ourselves to a year of growth, blessings, and deeper faith. Prayer Lord, as we enter this new year, soften our hearts and renew our minds. Help us to embrace your plans with hope and willingness, trusting in your goodness and faithfulness. Guide our steps and let your love be our constant companion. Amen.

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