One of the reasons we like celebrating the new year is that we get to start over. Twelve months stretch before us clean and fresh. Memories of the sadness and disappointments we experienced last year are now behind us. But for Christians it isn’t just once a year. Every day is a new beginning. As the prophet said about the Lord’s mercies: “They are new every morning” (Lam. 3:23). We may call on the name of the Lord every day, and embrace the possibilities and opportunities He offers us all again and again.—Editors.
“The only way to get rid of your past is to make a future out of it. God will waste nothing.”
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:1, 2
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
Isaiah (Isa. 40:31, ESV)*
“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 new way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.”
Isaiah (Isa. 43:18, 19)
“The God who made us also can remake us.”
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’”
Jeremiah (Lam. 3:22-24)
“The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become—because He made us. He invented us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be. . . . It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.”
C. S. Lewis
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
Apostle Paul (2 Cor. 5:17)
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
APOSTLE PETER (1 PETER 1:3)
“The same Jesus who turned water into wine can transform your home, your life, your family, and your future. He is still in the miracle-working business, and His business is the business of transformation.”
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you—
The Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.”
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
King Solomon (Eccl. 3:11)
“Through salvation our past has been forgiven, our present is given meaning, and our future is secured.”
“Whatever may be our inherited or cultivated tendencies to wrong, we can overcome through the power that [God] is ready to impart.
Ellen White (The Ministry of Healing, p. 176)