While there is no biblical foundation for celebrating the New Year as it falls on the Gregorian calendar, it provides a pause to rethink the way we live-out our daily routine. We can use the New Year to re-evaluate how we respond to the circumstances we face, the people we encounter and life itself. The following five verses give clarity in this re-evaluation process.
BE JOYFUL, GENTLE, THANKFUL AND PEACEFUL
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
MEDITATE ON THESE THINGS
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
As we begin the year 2016, determine to let God’s joy and peace rule your heart and focus your mind to savor all the good things He has in store for you. Enjoy the first Sunday of the New Year!
© Charles E. McCracken 2016, text content. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author.