My Dear Church Family,

Have you ever thought about why we celebrate New Year’s Day? In the grand scheme of things, it’s really just another day in the new year….so why is it so important for people to celebrate this date change on a calendar?

I suspect it’s because a new year offers a “new beginning,” the chance to start fresh on a multitude of things in our lives. A new focus, on health, relationships, bad habits;  you name it, the start of the new year is the time for us to make a change.  That said, there’s a reason January is the most important month of the year for gyms and diet programs, because it seems like a fresh chance to start again, to improve yourself. For many, it seems like a natural time for beginning something, which is why lots of people make New Year’s resolutions (now, whether they stick to them or not is another story!).

Truthfully, you don’t have to wait for a new year to have a fresh start. Each day offers the opportunity to wake up and remember that you are a Child of God.  And as a Child of God, you are a new creation.  You see, God’s Word tells us:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

If you believe in Jesus Christ and have accepted Him as your Savior, His promise is that you have been claimed, redeemed, and set free by His saving grace, and because of that, you are a new creation in Him! Now that is something to celebrate, not only on January 1, but each and every day for the rest of your life! 

Aren’t you glad you’re a Child of God and you don’t have to start fresh in your salvation?

Remember, Jesus Loves You and So Do I!!

Pastor Jeff