There’s something cleansing about the fresh start that the new year affords us every time we turn over the last page of our calendar.
The idea of clearing the debts in our personal conscience account is strangely appealing; I might have over-eaten, under-exercised, over-criticised, under-loved in 2013… but the new year gives me a chance to start afresh.
Yet if you’re like me, you’ll know that it’s usually only a few days or weeks before many of our New Years’ Resolutions end up collapsing in a heap… and we’re reminded again of the need to hold onto the true and deep forgiveness that can only come from Jesus.
As we hear God tell us about the shape of the Spirit-filled life this summer, we are reminded again that it is only from his hand that true renewal comes… and that’s a great reason to keep listening to the Spirit of God as we read his word.
May 2014 be a year of drawing on God’s strength as we seek to live a life that’s more and more like Jesus.