Just about everybody wants to change something about themselves. It seems that
New Year is a good time as it is a kind of milestone, a marker that can keep
So, we resolve: I must clean out the cupboards. I must take the dog for a walk
every day (or almost). I must go to bed before midnight. I must kick that
habit. I must remember birthdays and anniversaries.
Good intentions — but…
We all know that these decisions more often than not fall into the ditch on
the side of the road of life. We are determined to lose some weight. This will
mean saying no to treats and various joys of eating. But our will power
doesn’t bear the strain and little by little, the old ways are back with
us and the weight is still there.
Perhaps we should put a sign on the fridge door as a constant reminder.
- Don’t eat just for the sake of it.
- You had chocolate yesterday, remember?
- No need to put all that butter on your bread.
- What about no ice cream today?
- Make a salad, and leave out the chips.
...Oh, dear, that’s hard.
There are those who, quite admirably, rid themselves of some habit or vice by
sheer doggedness. We have heard of quite amazing changes that have not been
reversed. But it would be safe to say they are a small minority. When it comes
to any major changes, most of us find it is next to impossible to alter
It is in our nature as human beings to be like this. Paul, a New Testament
writer put it bluntly in one place. He said, “What I do is not the good
I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on
doing.”1 Frustrating, isn’t it?
Anyone who reads this paper has encountered a huge stream of people who have
undergone change — for some, transformation. There are stories in every
issue of folk who have battled to find keys and solutions to life needs and
have at last found them in Christ. He is a real life changer. The Bible says,
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new
Christmas reminds us that Jesus came into the world for the purpose of making
available what we badly need: a new start, forgiveness, and a new power for
living. All this, Jesus taught, lived, and then suffered and died to obtain
There is no longer any need for us to live under the weight of futile effort
to measure up; there is a Saviour. We reach Him by turning away from
self-effort and trusting Him simply and implicitly.
What a great way that would be to start a new year!
References: (1) Romans 7, verse 19.
(2) 2 Corinthians 5, verse 17.