A Clean Slate
It amazes me how we hand kids these little computers called “tablets.” They play games on them, watch videos, and some even do their work on their designated tablet at school. One of the neat things about these computers is that everything a kid does on them can be stored on this little device. These tablets are about the size of an ancient device used for schoolwork in the past. Chalkboards or “slates” were given to students in the mid-to-late 1800’s to do their schoolwork. The thing about slates is that they, unlike tablets, need to be wiped clean to start over with new work.
The New Year is a great time for a fresh start. Many will desire to start 2019 with a clean slate! New Year’s resolutions are made in an attempt to set up goals for turning our lives around. Some will stick to their aspirations while others will suffer from the guilt and shame associated with failure. For those who have had resolutions in the past that didn’t go the way they thought, it takes courage to stir up an attempt to try it again this year. Some have become so familiar with being let down that they won’t even bother with a resolution, as they feel defeated before they even begin.
I think that there is hope and stamina to go forward found in Lamentations chapter 3:22-23: “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”
Allow God’s mercies and grace to give you a clean slate this new year. Let’s find the courage to seek God in setting healthy goals for our lives and then pray for God’s help to accomplish them. If we stumble and make mistakes, hold onto the fresh mercies that God offers us each day! He has great things in store for us through the grace He has already given us through His Son, Jesus Christ. Let’s put our faith in Christ, fully trusting that His grace is sufficient to see us through unto completion. Let’s put our hope in the Holy Spirit to help us along the way as we strive to reach our goals to become more like Jesus!
Happy New Year!
Pastor Jason Daniel