I have always loved New Year’s Eve. The excitement of new dreams, new ideas, or new goals. But my most favorite thing has always been ringing in the new year with loved ones. As a kid, my mom always put out a spread of yummy treats. She would make party pizzas on party rye bread and homemade Chex mix. There would always be leftover Christmas treats for dessert. She always made it feel like a party. And we had to watch Dick Clark’s New Year’s rockin’ Eve.
As the years have past, my New Year’s celebrations have changed but the one thing that’s been consistent is ringing in the new year with those you love. Whether we’ve hosted in our home or taken the party on the road, I still feel the same nostalgia as I did as a kid. Eating treats, staying up late, and wishing loved ones near and far a happy new year.
You may not relate to how I feel about December 31st. Maybe 2019 was not a good year for you. Maybe it sucked. Let me encourage you to kiss 2019 goodbye and maybe thank it for some lessons learned. Whether we like it or not, we learn a lot about ourselves through suffering. I’ve had some really sucky years in the past but I can see now that I was going through a season of maturity, of pruning.
2015 and 2016 were difficult years for me. I was very miserable at work and it carried over in my home life. My motto during that season was “bloom where you’re planted”. I still have it written on my whiteboard at my workstation. It’s a good reminder for me. And maybe it can be for you too.
I pray that you see 2020 as a fresh page. A fresh start. I pray you see yourself through God’s eyes. A loving father who wants nothing but the best for his children. That’s not to say that he tolerates spoiled brats. The Bible says he disciplines the ones he loves.
Dear God, I pray for anyone reading this to feel your love each day. I pray they always hear you speaking to their heart and allow you to lead and guide their steps. I pray that 2020 would be their year of increase for more love, more kindness, and more of you each day. In Jesus name, amen.
“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT