Happy New Year!
New Year's Eve is my favorite day of the year. I love the anticipation. The reflection. The clean slate. It's the same reason I love sunrises and Mondays. It's NEW! There are no mistakes in it, and there is so much potential.
At the end of the year, I often see people talking about how terrible the year was. I used to fall in that trap. I used to reflect on all of the things that went wrong and hope that the next year would be better.
365 days free of problems sounds like a dream... because it is. God never promised us that we wouldn't go through difficult times; He just promised that He would be with us through those difficult times... that He would protect us and cover us.
Reset your mind on this first day of the new year. If your faith is placed in God, you're on the winning team! Isaiah 26:3 is one of my favorite verses. Remember it for when the year doesn't look exactly like you imagined.
“With perfect peace You will protect those whose minds cannot be changed because they trust You.”
— Isaiah 26:3 (GW)
This year I urge you to decide that "God is good!" Don't change your mind when things get difficult. Remind yourself that He loves you and only has good things in store for you. You will be surrounded by and infiltrated with peace.
If your faith is in man, hope is a breeding ground for disappointment. If your faith is in God, hope is the stepping stone into your wildest dreams.
2018 is yours. Dream Big! Love Deeply! Trust God! This will be the best year of your life!