As the year end approaches it becomes more and more a time of reflection and self-examination. How was 2014 for us? How did we grow? What did we do? What did we learn? As we reflect we begin to form the ever so famous New Year’s Resolutions! In light of all that transpired in 2014 how do we want to change? Get better? Learn? And so on. With tall this comes a time that quite frankly can be filled with a lot of hypocrisy. Many of us already know in our hearts the ways in which we want to/should change, grow, or learn, and pin-point New Year’s Day as the day to make the power move and change our lifestyle. My question is why wait until that day? If you have a resolution in mind start now. Don’t wait. Being lax will only bring about being lax.

If you want to read your bible every morning yet plan on waiting until January 1st, 2015 you’ll have 20 more days of not reading your bible in the morning that reinforce the habit of not reading in the morning. If you want to make it to the gym a few times a week, not going the next three weeks will only remind how comfortable it is to relax when you have downtime.

The transition from 2014 to 2015 isn’t the time that the past becomes the past and new beginnings can take place. Every single moment is a new chance to make a change, to better yourself, to start good habits, and to press more and more into God. I do love the start of the New Year, I really do, but it is important to keep in mind that it’s just a numerical representation of starting the new calendar year. There is nothing innately spiritual, holy, or significant about that day in particular. The same principles of change can be practiced every day of our lives. We can learn a valuable lesson from Paul as he writes to the Philippians.

“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:13-14

Every day is a good day to put behind us the bad habits or deeds we have done, and push forward towards the positive changes we are called to practice. So take heart that this time of the year brings about the idea of growth and change for the better, but don’t think it can only happen on the first day of 2015, for every day is a day to pioneer the new you!

 

Kevin Stelzer

1st Year Student Blogger

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