Grace, Mercy & New Year’s Resolutions

Grace, Mercy & New Year’s Resolutions

We’re a few days into 2019 and I haven’t done any early morning swims, I’m still using social media (probably a bit too much) and I’ve not burnt off the pigs in blankets from Christmas.

I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions, but I do like the idea of second chances and new beginnings. Who doesn’t? The idea that over one night, transitioned with fireworks and trying to remember the words to Auld Lang Syne, we’d wake up on the 1st of January, restored and renewed, with a fresh start. It’s appealing, it’s refreshing, it’s motivating.

But then early mornings hit, your bed feels like a better option than the gym and the buzz of a New Year wears off. It’s back to work, back to routine and back to the life we craved a break from over Christmas.

Does that feel at all familiar?

But don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom. On New Year’s Day, I woke up with this verse in my head.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Lamentations 3:22-23

 It felt appropriate that on the first morning of 2019 that I was reminded that God’s mercies for me are new every morning, but it was then that He reminded me that they are new every morning. They are just as new on December 31st as they are on January 1st. They will be new when I wake up 2 weeks from now, just as they will be new 2 months from now. I don’t have to wait for a New Year’s Eve to hope for new mercies. They are new every morning.

‘How does mercy and grace effect me?’

Simply put, mercy is not getting what you do deserve, and grace is getting what you don’t deserve. This means that even if you fall short of reaching a goal again, or gave into fear when you wanted to be bold, there is mercy and grace.

Instead of judgement, there are second chances (and third, and fourth…). That’s mercy.

Instead of rejection, there is acceptance. That’s grace.

Jesus didn’t need to wait for New Year’s Day to start over, but instead came as a baby to save us from our inadequacies and mess. He lived so that we could start over, not just once a year, but every morning, every hour, every minute.

This means that we can have hope in all circumstances, with full assurance that whatever the outcome, there is a brand new mercy waiting for us when we wake up in the morning.

That dream you have. That goal you’ve got. The task in front of you. His mercies are new every morning. Whatever you need to do, I pray that you’d know His grace and mercy this New Year and always.