Making a fresh start


Once Christmas day was over my social media feed was filled with people explaining regrets from the year gone, and resolutions for the year ahead. There were also a lot of people listing resolutions with the expectation that those resolutions will not be completed, or stating that they were not even going to bother to make resolutions because they knew they wouldn’t fulfil them.

Where do you stand on resolutions? Have you made any? How did you decide?

This term our collective worship is under the heading of “Fresh start… fresh heart” and we are going to be looking at different things that affect our everyday lives, how we might respond to them, and what Christianity teaches.

This week we are simply considering “Making a fresh start”. January is a sensible time to think about our lives and changes we can make, well… I guess you could say each month is a good time, or each week, or even every single day when we wake up. The important bit is that it is US thinking about OUR lives and changes WE can make. We can’t rely on other people, Jokotade, a Nigerian-born artist, gives us our thought for the week saying

“If you desire to move forward your choice must lead the way”

We may seek support from others and will need other people, but it needs to be our choices.

However, in every fresh start and every choice made, Christians believe there is hope and comfort in God. In the book of Isaiah, he is prophesying to the Jews who are being held in captivity and gives this message from God

“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.”

Where will 2019 take you? What choices are you going to make? Are you willing to see what pathways are being made by God?

Prayer: Father God, thank you that you give us the opportunity to make fresh starts. May we seek support from you that we may make choices that will help us to move forward. Amen

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