I love the beginning of a new year. It feels like a fresh start, a clean slate. I love the chance to reflect on the past and learn how I can bring those lessons into the present. Recreating. Restoring. Redeeming. I love the feel of hope in the air. Anything is possible. Anything can happen.
As I looked back over the last year, it has been full.
So much to be thankful for. So much to learn from and try again. I am learning to not see the times I fell short as failures, but opportunities to try again. I remind myself this is a journey. I am not yet there. I am not yet all I was created to be.
Sometimes I find myself longing for a new beginning. A new chance to have a go at being. It can be as simple as being ridiculously excited about finishing a journal, so I can write my first word in my new one. Or it can be as complex as that deep yearning to be given a second chance when you have let someone down.
As I have been pondering I had a sudden revelation that we can have these fresh starts daily. Each morning. Each minute.
"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." Lamentations 3 v 22-23
I LOVE this. I cannot believe I havent fully embraced this before. It has never sunk in. I can wake up each morning with new mercy. With the gracious invitation to give life another go. Even better than that, each time I ask for forgiveness with a humble heart, I accept that invitation of a new beginning. AMAZING!
As I walk into this fresh start, it means more than just a new year. It is both metaphorical and literal. It is freeing and challenging. So, as I have looked back thankfully at 2011, I am looking forward with hope and anticipation to what 2012 will bring. To what I will bring. Become. I have goals in mind but most importantly, I am going to enjoy "new mercies" and new starts each morning. Grabbing it with both hands as I learn to journey through this year free. Free of guilt. Free of failure. Free of shame. Free of walls. Free.