Today was the first of January 2017, wanna know how it started?
It started with a screaming (and sick) baby waking us up before 5am after a night of broken sleep. Then, just as I was rubbing the sleep out of my scratchy eyes, the screaming (and sick) baby leant over, grabbed my mug (gasp!) full of hot, delicious, liquid perfection and poured it out all over my bed and the floor.
I turned my head (something in my neck pulled – ouch!), smiled sarcastically at my tired husband and muttered:
“Happy New Year”
Anyway, this early morning drama got me thinking about this “happy new year” thing people say. And you know what? I decided it really doesn’t mean much. I understand that by saying it people are extending their wishes to you for good things to come your way over the next 365 days, which is kind, but their words don’t really have any power over your life.
The Bible does, though.
The issue with “happy”
The Bible doesn’t promise “happy.”
Actually, it promises the opposite!
It promises trouble (John 16:33) and trials (James 1:2).
Ok, this is all sounding incredibly miserable, so before you stop reading or burst into tears, it’s really important to know what God, through the Bible, DOES promise us!
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
James 1: 2-4 (ESV – emphasis mine)
Instead of wishing happiness for each other, let us pray for joy for each other. 2017 WILL hold difficult things, it might not be easy and some days will be tougher than others. Joy, in Christ, is always possible. Because when trials come, and we trust in Him, He makes us more like Him. Amazing right?
No matter what.
The issue with “year”
The world acts as if the last day of December is a farewell and the first day of January is the chance for a fresh start – that you have to wait another 365 days until you get another shot at “happiness.”
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Lam 3:23 (ESV – emphasis mine)
The Lord is continually being merciful to us – we don’t have to wait a whole year for a chance to change, for hope, for joy.
I don’t know about you, but from now on, I’m going to leave behind “happy new year!” and wish my friends and family “a joyful new day!”
Joy in Christ and new mercies every day – even when your coffee lands up in your bed!
What a wonderful wish – or prayer – for someone. A prayer grounded in truth and filled with hope.
May you know joy, dear friends.
Today, tomorrow and always.
As a reminder of this precious truth, I have a little something for you!
Download and print out these two pages for your home.