Louise Fletcher Tarkington wrote a poem that reflects the hope of many for the coming New Year--I wish that there were some wonderful place called The Land of Beginning Again, where all our mistakes and all of our heartaches and all of our poor, selfish grief could be dropped like a shabby coat at the door, and never put on again.
Thankfully, the Lord provides us with an opportunity to go to such a place. In the Old Testament, the Lord provided ways for His people to celebrate the beginning of new years--a sort of reset for living. Every seven years was a special reset, and every 50 years---the big reset where slaves were freed, property restored, and a new beginning for everyone.
Don't confuse changing calendars, writing new numbers on dates, and having a reset of a new year with a new beginning in Christ. 2018 will see the continuation of many of life's struggles, problems, and challenges, but it will bring the opportunity for God's grace to be applied, and there will be many new opportunities for service, ministry, and growth in the Lord. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 16:9 "...a great door for effective work has opened to me..." Let it be that 2018 is the opening of a great door of opportunity for all of us to grow and serve as we are obedient to the Lord's Great Commission.