As 2009 approaches, resolve to make the year truly new
Published 12:00 am Monday, December 29, 2008
Happy New Year! Happy New Year! We’ll hear that many times in the next few days. Three hundred sixty-five days ago, we looked forward to another new year with anticipation of keeping resolutions and hoping to prosper as never before. Has anything really changed for you since then?
The word “new” is defined as different, fresh, not existing before. Yes, the year will be new, just as last year was. The question is: Have you become a new person?
The problem is that most people remained exactly the same. The only thing that changed is the calendar. Yes, a new year, but the same old you. I can relate to that, because for many years, I’ve remained practically the same — nothing much new in my life.
Recently, I was speaking at the St. James Youth Center to some young boys and girls, ages 11 to 17, who were troubled. The big majority felt hopeless. My talk was about the new year and focusing on the word “new.” I stressed that the new year would bring the same old results, unless they chose to change with the new year.
“Most of you need a heart transplant,” I said. They looked confused. “That’s right!”I continued. “A heart transplant — not a physical operation, but a spiritual experience. Then, and only then, will you enjoy the new year with a new life.” The Bible says that when you accept Jesus, you become a new person. Old behavior is passed away.
This message was given to the group at the St. James Youth Center, but it is appropriate for anyone who is looking for a new beginning. A new life. What better time to become a new person than at the beginning of a new year!
Happy New Year!
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