For me, every new year is a chance for me to reboot. As an IT professional, one of the things we often ask users to do if they are having problems with their computers or devices is to reboot.
To reboot is to restart, to clear the old data and initialise new resources. Often, this is usually all it takes to fix the issue assuming that there are no other underlying causes.
One year rolls away and another one rolls in, all within a second. As usual, the TV is usually focused on the fireworks display by various countries trying to out-do each other. People holding hands and hugging each other as the countdown completes. A new year has began!
Every year has its own share of good and bad events – 2018 was not an exception. While others would say it was a good year for them, for many others, it was a year filled with sadness, sorrow and difficulties.
The reality is that 2018 will not be a lot different from previous years in terms of the events that will take place. As it happened in the previous years, there will be things to celebrate and there will be sad and shocking events as well.
How was the previous year for you? Was it marked by success after success?
A new year has began and there are goals to accomplish, not just ours but the ones God expects of us. Have you taken time to ask of God what He wants you to do for Him this year? It is not late, you can be sure He will reveal it to you if you ask.
On the flip side, was 2018 a year you would rather forget? You are not alone. There were people I knew who passed on during the course of the year, included in that number was my dad. He would have been 85 on January 5th. While I mourn his loss, I rejoice that he knew the Lord before he passed on to glory.
As a new year begins, I am encouraged by one of God's promises. "For I’m going to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Don’t you see it? I will make a road through the wilderness of the world for my people to go home, and create rivers for them in the desert!." Isaiah 43:19. (TLB)
God wants to do a new thing! As children of God, we should look forward to accomplishing new things to bring glory to God and to benefit the people around us. God has done so much for us, yet He continually seeks to do something new for us. No wonder He keeps blowing our minds every time we see what new thing He does for us.
No matter how the last year was for you, don't give up! don't give in! Reboot! Start again and hold on to God's promise for you. He keeps His word!
Happy New Year!