Happy New Year!
For quite some time now this has been the greeting that people have used to welcome each other into the new year. As I’ve gotten older I have realized a few things.
The first being that a new year doesn’t constitute for anything new except for just that, a new year. There are many who use (and believe) the phrase, “new year, new me,” and I will admit to being one of them in the past. However, the truth of the matter is, if you’re going into the new year with the same mindsets, beliefs, and habits that you had in the old year then guess what. The only thing new is the year itself.
The second thing that I have come to realize is that not every new year is a happy one for some people. Speaking from experience, I know what it feels like to not want to enter the new year. After my grandmother had passed away I didn’t want to walk into a new year knowing she wasn’t going to be with me. Welcoming a new year can be hard for some people. Some may have experienced devastating loss, unimaginable pain, or unspeakable heartache within the past year which may lead them to fear the unknown of the new one. Happy would not be the word they would use to describe the new year.
After coming to the realization of these two things I made a few other realizations. The first being that a new year meant a fresh start. It didn’t mean that I would automatically have the daily motivation needed to eat better and exercise daily or the immediate strength needed to break old habits. What it meant was that I could start again. Which also led me to another realization that with each new day I could also start again. This year I want to encourage you to take a look over your life, set some goals, and make some changes. If you mess up, backslide, or fall short one day don’t throw in the towel just yet. Just start again the next new day. You don’t have to wait for a new year to make changes. Make the most of each new day.
Another realization is that by saying, “Happy New Year,” isn’t just a greeting but it’s also a wish that others have for you. It’s something for you to receive for yourself. It’s a choice. The only person who can determine if this new year will be a happy one is you. Some days it may seem hard to choose happiness, but I do know that it makes life so much better. This year that is my wish and hope for you. That you not only choose happiness for yourself, but that you embrace it wholeheartedly this new year.
The last realization I had is that you have the power to declare whatever this new year will be for you. That is why the title is left blank. It is for you to fill in for yourself. Declare a prosperous new year over your life or a healthy new year, or maybe even a determined new year. Whatever you declare over this new year I pray that it betters you and that it comes to manifestation as well.
Lastly, I leave you with this.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” -Isaiah 43:18-19
I’m excited for the new things God is doing in your life! Speaking of new things, weekly blogs and Table Talks will now be moved to Tuesdays in this new year! Thank you for all the love, support, and patience. We’re excited for the new things Beloved’s got coming your way!
Make it a blessed week and remember, you are Beloved.