A Fresh Start
Happy New Year! I heard a few notes of dread, but there were mostly smiling faces as we slipped and slid into school today. After two weeks of Christmas vacation, we’re still reveling in the memories of Christmas: sleeping in, eating, playing in the snow, spending time with friends and family, and celebrating Christ’s birth (in no particular order, of course!).
Now we’re left looking at a whole new year: 2013. Things seem to be in a good place these days. Our family is healthy, and we have the privilege of living close to some of them. Our house is warm when I wake up in the morning, and the cupboards still held breakfast options. Our twins slept through the night, and for the past few weeks, there haven’t been any major discipline issues (except this morning, when the light was just WAY too bright, and it was WAY too early to get out of bed).
Who knows what 2013 will bring? When I look back a year from now, what will I think about this year lying ahead of me?
Last night at church, I listened to a sermon on Romans 6:1-14. As we worked our way through the Scriptures, it was verse 4 that I read over and over. “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
When Jesus arose from the grave, He had just lived a perfect life, but had been through so much. He went through the whole human experience, from being a baby, to throwing a few tantrums (some may think He wouldn’t have thrown a tantrum because He was perfect, but that’s hard for me to comprehend), to being tempted by Satan, to being betrayed by a close friend, to being beaten and crucified.
He was my age when He died.
After Jesus arose from the grave, He was given new life. And the Bible tells us that our death to sin gives us the same fresh start. We no longer belong to sin, but we have victory over it.
Verse 11: “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
It is time for resolutions. It is time to set goals for ourselves to make a better year. There are sins we need to let go. There are things that govern our lives – greed, jealousy, gossip, impatience (that’s a major one for me), ungratefulness, lust – that once they are cast off, will make us alive! Truly alive!