I love new beginnings, especially a new year; it allows me to reflect on the year past, and it allows me to hope and dream for what lay ahead. I love the word hope so much, I feel it is so underrated ,when in fact the bible mentions the power of hope; Romans 5 vs 5 “… And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” So to me the New Year has allowed me to hope again, to dream again. Until I realised that I don’t need a new year, to hope and dream again. I don’t need a new year for God to forgive me or for God to love me, the book of lamentations puts it like this “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning” every day is a fresh start with God, every day is a fresh day to dream and to hope again, my advice to you this year, know in your heart, that God loves you afresh each day, he wants you to hope each day, it will never fail.
I say this because so many of us set out New Year’s resolutions, and two weeks into it many of us fail, only to beat ourselves up, feeling hopeless and,disappointed by our failures. I don’t believe that’s what God wants for any of us. Why wait for new year to start again?
At the beginning of last year, I went to a rural town to speak to some youth, I listened to their stories, and what I saw was a youth ravished by disappointments so much so that they didn’t have a hope for themselves, as I spoke to them that weekend, I struggled to hold back the tears. I pleaded with God to allow them to hope again, despite what they have done, despite what they going through, and to realise that nothing and no-one can stop God from loving them/you
Hope each day my friends, God can change any situation around, dream each day, love each day and appreciate each day.