Let me take you back a few months.
On New Year’s Eve of 2012 I posted my thoughts on resolutions titled “Refusing to Resolute”. In a nutshell, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. They’re redundant and, to be honest, they bum me out. By definition, resolutions are intentions. (This might bring to mind an old saying about a certain road being paved with good intentions.) I bring resolutions up again because by this time you might possibly have noticed that some or all of yours didn’t work out as planned.
I have an alternative. Instead of the New Year, I like Spring to be the time of year when I focus on NEW things. Spring means Easter. Easter means the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. By definition, besides meaning Christ’s rising from the dead, it also means revitalization or to revitalize something. To resurrect also means to restore to life, revive, to bring NEW vigor to. (I could use some new vigor, how about you?)
For me personally, there’s a sense of hope, renewal, and NEW life in Spring. It’s the time of Resurrection.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. — 1 Peter 1:3 (NKJ)
The Resurrection wasn’t an ‘intention’, it was the unfailing will of God destined before the beginning of time. God made a NEW covenant. We have the NEW Testament. Spring is nature’s evidence of things made NEW.
In the novel, The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers, she writes, “It was no accident, no coincidence, that the seasons came round and round year after year. It was the Lord speaking to us all and showing us over and over again the birth, life, death, and resurrection of His only begotten Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, our Lord. It was like a best-loved story being told day after day with each sunrise and sunset, year after year with the seasons, down through the ages since time began.”
Renewal among Christians is the process of being made spiritually NEW in the Holy Spirit.
So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert at what is going on around Christ — that’s where the action is. See things from His perspective. Your old life is dead. Your new life which is your real life — even though invisible to spectators — is with Christ in God. He is your life. — Colossians 3:1-3 (MSG)
Be renewed in the spirit of your mind. — Ephesians 4:23 (NKJ)
Go ahead, celebrate New Life. Believing the Resurrection is the best beginning.