Ring in the New Year!

by Tiffany Manning

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for individuals, to encourage personal reflection and Bible study.

Have you ever heard that it’s good luck to eat foods like black-eyed peas, ham, and cabbage on New Year’s Day because they bring prosperity? Tradition says it is also bad luck to eat lobster or chicken on January 1. Since lobsters can move backward and chickens can scratch in reverse, people say these foods can bring a reversal of fortune, leading to a bad year. While there is obviously no scientific evidence to validate these superstitions, there is plenty of scriptural evidence to prove that we serve a God of new things in this coming new year.

 

A Time of Reflection

At the end of December, people often find themselves reflecting over the past year’s events. We look back at the highs and the lows and think about what we have learned. We are amazed at how God has supported us through thick and thin, a peaceful presence in times of joy and sorrow.

As a new year approaches, we look forward to a fresh start with hopeful anticipation that 2021 will bring prosperity, good health, and happiness. God will certainly do many new things among God’s people in the coming year. Therefore, we should prepare ourselves to be used by God in new ways to bring about God’s kingdom.

 

A Time of Resolution

New Year’s resolutions are common, but rarely are these lofty goals accomplished. While refocusing our attention on our physical health and interpersonal relationships is a good idea, it’s important also to think about our spiritual goals for 2021. People can use this time to assess their spiritual well-being and make resolutions to improve their relationship with God and to put their faith into practice. As 2020 draws to a close, let us recommit our minds and hearts to Christ and strive to follow his example by living faithfully.

 

Our God is a God of new things!

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