“A new year can begin only because the old year ends.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle, The Irrational Season …
It can be difficult for many of us to accept this truth in life–that for something new to begin, the old must come to an end. Perhaps that is because many of us have placed so much of our limited time, effort, and resources into those things that have now passed. But if we cling to the things of the yesterday, we will be unable to experience the coming tomorrows through anything other than the perspectives of the past.
When a movie ends, it is over. We will carry its memory with us, and we may use its lessons in certain aspects of our lives, but it is over. So it is with the many chapters in our lives; we must die to the old to give way to the new. And when one year ends, we can allow it to be over–there really is no need for us to carry around the excess baggage of yesterday.
We must work to live each day on its own terms so that we might make the most of the present time we have been gifted–for that is exactly what the “present” time is… a gift. And when today draws to a close, hopefully we will be able to put this past year behind us and place our focus on the next year, free from the worries, concerns, and uncertainties of the past, and open to all the potential and possibilities that lie ahead.
“Clear out the old because of the new.” Leviticus 26:10
Questions to consider:
Why do wo tend to carry our yesterdays into today? What effect does this have on our lives?
What is required of us to allow a year to end?
What are some ways in which you can help to ensure that your new year starts out right?
For further thought:
“The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. Unless a man starts on the strange assumption that he has never existed before, it is quite certain that he will never exist afterwards. Unless a man be born again, he shall by no means enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.” ~ G.K. Chesterton, Daily News