January 2020: A Fresh Start
Last month we focused on the birth of our Lord and Savior. Prayerfully, you had the most awesome holiday that you could have. Our prayer is that many blessings consumed and showered you. Now, it’s the beginning of the new year, and we’re going to focus on a fresh start.
**Note: You do not, unless you so desire, have to respond to this letter**
January: A Fresh Start
Monthly Focus: Starting the New Year off Right
Key Verses: Isaiah 43:18-19; Ecclesiastes 3:1
Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Happy New Year! It is my prayer that you’ve entered the new year excited about the blessing of life and abundance that has been bestowed upon us. The beginning of the year means a lot more than a new day. Beginnings always hold special importance when you assign meaning to them, and that’s what we’re going to focus on here.
The bible is clear in explaining that there is a time and season for everything. This time and season of your life may not be what you’ve wished, or even how you imagined it when you’ve envisioned this time/age/place in your life. Regret can weigh heavy on your mind when you reflect on what you wanted or how you envisioned this part of your life. Thoughts like “I wish I would’ve” or “If only I’d known…” are only good for learning. After you’ve gotten the wisdom on the matter, it is time to reassign purpose and promise. And this is the beautiful news of the New Year. A fresh start can redirect attention from regret and redefine what’s to come and what will be.
Because we are here at a new year, it is time to identify what this time and season means for us. The scriptures explain the types of things that go and come in seasons and we can all agree that the season of 2019 has ended and the new season of 2020 has began. But what does that mean to you? How will your life in 2020 look different (and better) than it did in 2019, or 2018? In the space below, list some ideas of new ways you envision yourself, how you want to be better, what you want to different, etc.
Go back and read your list. Take some time and reflect here. What you’ve written is a list of your vision for 2020. You have listed the things important enough to you to work at, change, and with time, watch transform.
Vision is important because it is the ability to imagine. Imagine what your life will be if you become the person is who is better, stronger, higher in character, more solid in their faith, committed to surrendering their all to the Lord, careful to watch over their words and actions.. Imagine. Take this month and focus on this statement:
Imagine the end of 2020. What does the best version of you, in the place, look like?
Here are some noteworthy verses for your learning and reflection.
And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?