As we start this new year of 2021, I love to think about this quote from C.S. Lewis. “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” There is something about living life from the perspective of the gospel that makes life clean. When I know that His mercies are new every morning, I am free to live life free. I am not talking about a freedom to pursue every whim of selfish indulgence. I am free to live for God. I am free to live a life of love towards my neighbor. I am free to live a life that crafts a better self than I was the day before.
Imagine if you were a baseball player and every time you stepped up to the plate there were no strikes held against you. Your posture would be loose as you stood up to the plate. Your breathing would be deep and evenly paced. Your grip wouldn’t be so tight that you were actually cutting off the circulation of your fingers. You would be free to swing for the fences if need be. You are free because you serve the God who makes all things new.
The New Year is the time of the year when we think about time. Usually we view time as something to which we are enslaved. I’m all outta time. I am running behind my time. There is never enough time in the day. The gospel gives us a whole new perspective of freedom in regards to time. There is forgiveness from the past. There is empowerment for the present. There is hope for the future. The apostle John describes God as “the one who is, and who was, and who is to come.” He is the God who is there…has been there…will be there. So swing for the fences in 2021 Wanamaker Woods. You serve the God who makes all things new!
Happy New Year,