It’s 2015. We all consider January 1 as a clean slate we can rewrite our life on all over again. Of all the dates in the calendar, this one seems to be the most influential and the most inspiring. Whether we talk about change, resolution, achievements or brand new start, the first day of the year is still our common benchmark of initiation. It’s like a reset button that restarts the whole system all over again. It is a perfect cue for new beginning. I believe New Year is God’s gift to us.
The reset button technique is used when we want to interrupt a dysfunctional program on our computer to restore it to a default state. It brings back the refreshed status one can rework on with all the benefits of past learning. As Roz Kaveney would phrase it, use of a reset button device returns all characters and situations to the status quo they held before a major change of some sort was introduced.
Nothing resets us for real than when we reconnect with God. God has the ability to restore back our loses and give us a brand new start. It’s not going to be the same. What He gives us is not the same broken past but a bright new future. He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelations 21:5) Referring back to the time when I accepted the Lord on October 19, 1980, I can say that real new beginning happens only when you let Jesus enter into your life. The Lord Jesus has the power to demolish strongholds and reconstruct our life back to its original design. That is why New Year’s resolution is an exercise in futility when it is done apart from God.
Admit it or not, life on earth is designed for partnership with God. If we remove God from the scenario, terrible consequences happen. Humanity’s godless system has brought untold trouble on this planet. Godless mainstream politics brought us war and terrorism. Godless entertainment brought us violence, pornography, hedonism, drugs and vices. Our generation has produced untold number of fatherless children and broken family. We can’t do it on our own. It’s time to acknowledge our helplessness apart from God.