Who says new years begin with a whimper? Seems to me that every one of my new years started with a bang. I’m sure we all have our “with a bang” scenarios, whether politics, international incidents and natural disasters such as the fires in Australia or maybe things in our own lives.
The truth is, as much as we love fresh starts, a lot of what takes place is a blow-over from the previous year, even years. We try and cope with these incidents, people and experiences by every year laying out what we call "New Year's resolutions". At the risk of perhaps sounding a little too pragmatic, isn't it usually a wishful “kick the can down the road”?
Fresh starts are always great because we find that in the heart if God, especially for a returning or wayward child of His. However, some of the things we’ve left untouched or at best, took them out of the proverbial life-drawer, looked at, and then put it back for another time or place in our lives.
I love the word “delight” found in Psalm 37:4, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart”. That’s where new beginnings start; finding your delight in a person, rather than in things or promises we hope to fulfill. Direction and directives that will facilitate change we all appreciate; start with “delight yourself in the Lord”. I think we should make 2020 a “delight in the Lord” year.